Master of Education

The Master of Education (and incorporated postgraduate certificate and diploma) encourages you to develop advanced knowledge, critical analysis and research skills in the field of education. You may also specialise in a field of education.

This master's degree has a strong focus on evaluating theory from a practice perspective from a range of different educational sectors and settings. In your thesis you have the opportunity to investigate an issue, innovation or problem in your own educational setting.

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Programme code: AK3649
Level: 9
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full-time / Maximum 5 years part-time
Venue: North Campus or South Campus
Flexible mode: day classes and online learning
Start date: 17 July 2017

AUT encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.

Career opportunities

This qualification enhances the academic, research and professional expertise of graduates in the educational work sector.

This includes:

  • Adult and tertiary education
  • Compulsory education
  • Early childhood education
  • Non-formal education.

Entry requirements

One of the following with a B grade average or higher in level 7 papers (or equivalent):

  • Bachelor of Education (Specialty) Teaching
  • Graduate Diploma in (Specialty) Teaching

Structure and content

The content of this postgraduate education programme is determined by your choice of papers and thesis topic. While you can specialise in a specific sub-field of education, you are required to develop your research capabilities in a more general way.


You complete the master's degree with papers and one of the following:

  • 120 point research thesis, or
  • 90 point research thesis, or
  • 60 point dissertation

EDUC819 Educational Research

CDEV801 Career Theories
CDEV802 Leadership in the Career Industry
CDEV902 Career Counselling Skills
CLSY800 Reading Paper
EDUC802 Curriculum Design and Assessment in Higher Education
EDUC804 Learning in a Digital Age
EDUC807 The Inquiring Higher Education Teacher
EDUC810 Early Years: Extending Children's Thinking
EDUC811 Early Years: Reconceptualising Childhood
EDUC812 Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC813 Education in Schools: Learning and Teaching
EDUC814 Individual Directed Study
EDUC815 Special Topic 1
EDUC816 Special Topic 2
EDUC817 Educational Philosophy
EDUC823 Pasifika Education: Issues, Educational Research Methodologies
EDUC824 Educational Futures - Part 1: The Theory
EDUC825 Educational Futures - Part 2: The Practice

EDUC997 Master of Education Dissertation
EDUC998 Master of Education Thesis (90 points)
EDUC999 Master of Education Thesis (120 points)

PGDipEd and MEd students may select one (only) of the following papers from the Master of Educational Leadership programme:

EDLD802 Leading in Diverse Cultures and Communities
EDLD803 Reflecting on Professional Practice as an Educational Leader
EDLD901 Conceptualisations of Educational Leadership
EDLD804 Organisational Culture and Educational Leadership

Last updated: 03-Mar-2017 11.13am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.