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Master of Education

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Epsom Campus


Deepen your understanding of education and professional practice, inquire into an education area of interest, and contribute valuable knowledge and understanding to your field.

Programme overview

This qualification is relevant to those working in a wide range of education areas. It provides the opportunity to review, inform and improve your knowledge and professional practice. You will develop knowledge, skills and experience in critiquing and undertaking educational research in your area of interest to enhance your practice. Through an independent inquiry under supervision from high-calibre experts within the faculty, you can contribute valuable knowledge and understanding to the field of education. This is a research masters programme with a 120-point and a 180-point option available.
Programme structure:

120-point research masters

Requirement: Thesis (120 points)

Prerequisite: An approved Research Methods courses (at least 30 points)

180-point research masters


Thesis (90 points)

An approved Research Methods course (at least 30 points)

Two 30-point elective courses (60 points total) from Education, Education Curriculum, Education Practice, Education Professional Studies Maori, Education Professional Studies, Education Special, Education Maori, and Social Work Child Family Practice.

Research Methods Courses

  • Special Topic: Research Methods in Language Education (EDCURRIC 716)
  • Researching Educational Settings (EDUC 735)
  • Researching Maori Education (EDUC 787)
  • Practitioner Inquiry (EDPRAC 751)
  • Literacy Education: Research and Practice (EDPROFST 700)
  • Critical Research Methodologies in Education (EDPROFST 754)
  • Undertaking Research for School Improvement (EDPROFST 757)

Where could this programme take you?

Through coursework and research, you will have the opportunity to contribute valuable knowledge and understanding to your own work, your workplace and the field of education. This qualification can also provide the foundations for doctoral study.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Communities of Learning (CoLs) leader
  • Education sector leader
  • Human resources practitioner
  • Researcher (education)
  • School centre manager or specialist
  • Trainer in organizations

Further study options

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

Research 120 points: You must have completed one year of postgraduate study in education, following an undergraduate degree, from a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

You must also have completed an advanced-level course in approved research methods.

Research 180 points: You must have completed an undergraduate degree in education at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0, or an equivalent qualification recognised for teacher registration.

Note: If you already hold a masters degree in the same (or substantially similar field of study), you may not be admitted to this programme.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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