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Master of Education

This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice.

Programme Highlights

  • Our world renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas.
  • Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time

This qualification can also be studied in Tauranga.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
MEd Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,185-$7,740 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $30,095 (120 pts) or $45,145 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B average in the third year and a teaching qualification.

Please include in your online application a 100-300 word statement describing your professional background and reasons for choosing this qualification.

In order to be eligible for the award of honours, the requirements of the degree must be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study from the date of first enrolment in the degree.  MEd Regulations

120 point Master of Education available subject to meeting eligibility requirements. MEd Regulations

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information

The School of Education offers an Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the School’s initial teacher education programmes and students.

Study in Tauranga

Many of our 500 level postgraduate papers in Education are offered fully online or partially online alongside block course delivery/on-campus (Hamilton and Tauranga).

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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Students may focus their degree in a subject or a named MEd specialisation. It is also possible to create a personal programme of study by choosing the subject Education and taking a focused selection of papers.

The requirements are 180 points including:

  • at least 60 points from the list for the subject or specialisation
  • an approved Research Methods paper
  • at least 30 points of independent supervised research with a focus on the specialisation or subject

30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree.

There are normally three options regarding how study can be planned. 180 Point Masters Study Plan Options.

New paper codes were introduced in 2019.  Compare old and new codes here.

Research Methods/Research

Choose one from:

And at least one from:

Ethical Conduct in Research Regulations can be found here. For advice about the online Research Ethics Application please email


Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

Programme Administrators - Postgraduate and Research

Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721

Jinah Lee
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7870

Programme Leader

Dr Frances Edwards
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 6170

Academic Coordinator Tauranga
Dr Nadine Ballam
Phone: (+64) 7 262 0547 Extn: 3547
Based at our Tauranga Campus