Master of Education

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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 chosen 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: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

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

EDUC814 Individual Directed Study
EDUC815 Special Topic 1
EDUC816 Special Topic 2
EDUC824 Educational Futures - Part 1: The Theory
EDUC825 Educational Futures - Part 2: The Practice
EDUC836 Learning Environments for the 21st Century
EDUC837 Digital Pedagogies and the Techno-Literate Teacher
EDUC838 Engaging with science
EDUC839 Engaging students with science
EDUC842 Building Mentoring Expertise
EDUC843 Leadership and Mentoring
EDUC844 Steiner Education: Teaching and Learning through Imagination in a Digital World
EDUC845 Essential Aspects of Steiner Education
EDUC852 Scholarly writing and publishing: Drawing on 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 our other master's programmes:

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

Master of Education Practice
EDUC808 Concepts and Constructs in Education
EDUC809 Global Impacts on Education Practice in Contemporary Society
EDUC827 Perspectives on Māori and Pacific Education Experiences
EDUC828 Education for Sustainability, Participation and Transformation
EDUC830 Contemporary Issues in Education

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.51pm

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