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Master of Education

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


18 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Auckland


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.

Study the Inclusive Education specialisation

One in four people in Aotearoa have a disability. This diversity is now represented in local early childhood settings and schools and teachers are expected to have the conceptual, culturally responsive and applied knowledge base needed to teach in inclusive environments.

In this specialisation, you'll develop advanced knowledge and capabilities in inclusive practices to support diverse learners in educational settings. You'll also extend your research skills through an inquiry-based approach and gain the skills and knowledge needed to take leading roles in effective planning, coordination and management of projects and in professional learning.

Find out more about the Inclusive Education specialisation.

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.

See taught courses available at the faculty for your programme.

Research Methods Courses

Special Topic: Research Methods in Language Education (EDCURRIC 716)

Research Methodologies (EDUCSW 700)

Maori and Indigenous Research (EDUC 787)

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

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 organisations

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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