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Master of Education

20 September 2023

UC's Master of Education enables teachers, counsellors, and other education professionals to improve their professional practice,, and research their fields of interest. Learn more about our Master of Education.


Our Master of Education (MEd) qualifications are designed to give current teachers, counsellors or other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their ability to examine critically significant issues in education, develop their leadership skills or undertake research in their fields of interest.

Our MEd offers flexibility, with courses offered through a range of delivery methods with campus and/or distance options available. You can complete your MEd full time over one year or part time over five years.

Please note this qualification is not a pathway to teacher registration, if you wish to study to become a registered teacher check out our Initial Teacher Education qualifications.

The MEd can be completed via coursework only, thesis only or you may choose to complete via a coursework and thesis pathway. The unendorsed pathway gives you the option to tailor your MEd to your preference from the schedule of courses. The endorsed pathway gives you the option to choose from our specialist endorsements. Digital Education Futures, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Tertiary Teaching, Literacy, Positive Behaviour Support and Teaching and Learning Languages.


Master of Education (Thesis) 120 point pathway

If you have a completed Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with a minimum B+ grade average you may be eligible to complete your MEd through a 120 point pathway – which will either include either 30 points of research methods courses and a 90 point thesis, or a 120 point thesis (if you already have research methods in your previous postgraduate education study).

Please contact our Student Advisor to plan your thesis pathway. 

Find out more about Masters study at UC.

Students can also complete a thesis through our Master of Education 180 point pathway.


Master of Education 180 point coursework pathway

The Master of Education 180 point pathway can be completed either by coursework or a combination of courses and thesis. Each specialist endorsement has different compulsory and optional courses which can be viewed below.

The coursework option generally consists of six courses totalling 180 points including compulsory course EDME601 and a minimum of 60 points from Level 9 courses within your 180 points.


The thesis option generally consists of courses in the endorsed area, including compulsory course EDME601 and a 90 point thesis EDEM690 in the area of your endorsement, totalling 180 points.

Unendorsed pathway

For the unendorsed 180 point pathway, has one compulsory course EDME601. Choose a further 90 points from the Level 8 courses and a minimum of 60 points from the Level 9 courses from the MEd Academic Regulations. Note that not all courses will be offered in any one year. Please check your MEd course planning and enrolment with our Student Advisors.


Endorsed pathway

The Master of Education 180 point endorsed pathway gives you the option to choose from eight specialist endorsements. 

Each of these endorsements has compulsory and optional course requirements – please check the endorsement page for further information about how to plan your study through the endorsed MEd pathway. Please note that you must complete compulsory course EDME601 and select a minimum of 60 points from Level 9 courses within your 180 points.


Entry requirements

If you have a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Education or Psychology, a teaching qualification, or an equivalent qualification, you may be eligible to apply for this qualification. Please check admission criteria in the MEd regulations for further information. Students are normally expected to have a B average in their undergraduate study to be eligible for entry to the MEd qualification. If you do not believe you meet entry criteria, please contact our Student Advisors to discuss this qualification, other possible qualification options and pathways to a MEd.

If English is an additional language, you are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements


Scholarships and fee waivers

There are various ways to fund your MEd, check out the various scholarships and fee waivers available.

Associate teachers of the University of Canterbury Faculty of Education are invited to apply for a 30% fee waiver for one course from our range of postgraduate and professional development qualifications.

Associate Teacher Fee Waiver Application


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