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Postgraduate Admission Process

Applying for admission to a postgraduate programmes at the University of Otago College of Education varies depending on the programme.

Prior to making an application, students may wish to seek advice from the member of the staff identified as the contact person for that programme.

For Prospective MTchgLn Students

Students interested in completing the MTchgLn initial teacher education programme should consult the MTchgLn information page for application information.

For Prospective PGCertTchg, PGDipTchg, PGDipArts, MTchg, and MEd Students

Applying for Admission

Students must apply for admission into a programme via the online application form. Links to the applications forms for each programme are available on the programme pages:

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide a variety of information. This may include a covering letter, outlining your proposed programme of study (including an indication of the papers you are considering and your area of research interest), and verified/witnessed copies of your previous tertiary study. Your application will not be assessed until all required information is provided.

When your application has been assessed you will be notified of the outcome.

If accepted to a programme, you will then complete a number of steps including choosing your papers. You will be told of the steps you need to take via your eVision portal. If you want to talk to someone about what papers you should take, contact one of our Postgraduate & Distance (Education Studies) coordinators at postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz. If they notice any potential issues with the papers you have chosen they may also contact you directly.

For MA Students

Prospective MA students should make contact with one of our  Postgraduate & Distance (Education Studies) coordinators at postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz prior to completing the online application form. You will need to send him your academic transcript and information about your proposed topic at this stage also. 

The College of Education will make an initial assessment of the information you provide, and determine our ability to provide appropriate supervision. If we believe we can support you to complete an MA thesis, we will inform you that you should formally apply online. If you are studying by thesis only, you can apply at any time. If you are studying papers as well, you need to complete the online application form by December 10. Once your application has been assessed by the university, you will be notified of the outcome.

For EdD Students

Prospective EdD students need to complete and submit the EdD online application by 31 March. You are required to provide a CV, academic transcripts and information about your proposed topic at this stage also.

EdD applications are not assessed until after applications close on 31 March.

For PhD Students

Students who wish to complete their PhD through the University of Otago should gain the support of an academic department prior to completing the online application. Students wishing to study through the College of Education need to send send a copy of their CV, academic transcripts and a short (2-5 pages) proposal to our Postgraduate & Distance (Education Studies) coordinators at postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz, along with information about why they wish to study at the College of Education, and whether they are relying on getting a scholarship.

This information  will then be assessed, a process which includes consideration of whether or not we can provide appropriate supervision, and then you will be notified of the outcome.

If we decide we can support your application, you need to complete the online application form.

Students can apply for the PhD programme at any time, but it should be noted that the application process can take some time.