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Master's degree

Master of Education

03 October 2023

Study a Master of Education through Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education at University of Canterbury.


Master of Education

Degree Structure - Duration
12-18 months full-time


Master of Education

Degree Structure - Start In
February, July, or November




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $8,184
  • International — $35,400


Master of Education


The Master of Education (MEd) allows a pathway for current teachers, educational professionals, counsellors, and leaders to gain a master's level qualification examining practice and critical issues in education.

Those interested in a research-focused programme of study may consider the Master of Education (Thesis).

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.

Master of Education

Why Study - Body

Why study a Master of Education at UC?

  • This is an ideal qualification for those who have already undertaken some postgraduate study to achieve research-informed teaching and leadership in their educational setting.
  • Option to study in a specialised area of education, ranging from Digital Education Futures to Special and Inclusive Education.

Master of Education

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

You will need to have a bachelor's degree (or an equivalent degree) with a major in Education, Psychology, or a related subject with a B grade average; or have any Aotearoa university degree and a professional teaching qualification.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Education or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Master of Education

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

You can choose to complete the MEd unendorsed, or endorsed in one of the options below:

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (not open to new enrolments)
  • Digital Education Futures
  • Inclusive and Special Education
  • Leadership
  • Literacy
  • Positive Behaviour Support (not open to new enrolments)
  • Teaching and Learning Languages
  • Tertiary Teaching

More information on each endorsement and course requirements is available on Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education website.

Master of Education

Career - Body

Career opportunities

This study will help you gain further insight into your educational practice, and develop skills in new and emerging theories of education, which could lead to new opportunities in leadership or research in the field.

Useful information:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,184
  • International — $35,400

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,961
  • International — $34,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Master of Education

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The Master of Education is made up of 180 points, which includes coursework in either a subject endorsement or can be unendorsed.

The degree takes 12-18 months studying full-time, or up to 48 months part-time.

You can begin studies in February, July, or November.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Education.


Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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