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 masters' 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.

Programme code: AK3649
Level: 9
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full-time / Maximum 5 years part-time
Venue: North Shore Campus or South Campus
Flexible mode: day classes and online learning
Start date: 20 July 2015 / 1 January 2016 / 29 February 2016 / 18 July 2016

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

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

299301 Educational Research

108006  Reading Paper
298003 The Inquiring Higher Education Teacher
298004 Curriculum Design and Assessment in Higher Education
298206 Towards an Integrated Model of Career Practice
298304 Learning in a Digital Age
299008 Career Counselling Ethics and Legal Issues
299017 Organisational Culture and Leadership
299021 Career Counselling
299022 Leadership in the Career Industry
299023 Early Years: Extending Children's Thinking
299024 Early Years: Reconceptualising Childhood
299025 Contemporary Issues in Education
299029 Education in Schools: Learning and Teaching
299030 Individual Directed Study
299031 Special Topic 1
299032 Special Topic 2
299033 Educational Philosophy
299303 Steiner Education: Theory and Contemporary Perspectives
299304 Montessori Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
299305 Pasifika Education: Issues, Educational Research Methodologies
EDUC824 Educational Futures - Part 1: The Theory
EDUC825 Educational Futures - Part 2: The Practice

299500 Master of Education Thesis (120 points)
299400 Master of Education Thesis (90 points)
299600 Master of Education Dissertation

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

Last updated: 09-Jun-2015 12.38pm

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