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Study Higher Education at Otago

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The study of higher education is concerned primarily with critical inquiry into, and the reflective application of best practice in teaching and learning in the tertiary sector.

As a field of knowledge, higher education crosses the boundaries of other knowledge areas that are taught at tertiary level. The study of higher education is concerned primarily with critical inquiry into, and the reflective application of best practice in teaching and learning in the various knowledge areas.

It includes research into the nature of universities and other tertiary institutions and the way in which academic work within these institutions is constructed. Higher education also encompasses the development of professional competence, leadership and management in the tertiary sector.

Apply for the Master of Higher Education (MHEd) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHighE) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDipHighE) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Master of Higher Education (MHEd)

Papers
  • HEDU 501 Critical Reflection on Higher Education
  • HEDU 502 Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education
  • HEDU 503 Research in Higher Education
  • HEDU 504 Academic Leadership in Higher Education
  • HEDU 590 Research Dissertation

Note: HEDU 501, HEDU 502, HEDU 503 are also available through Distance Learning.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHighE)

Papers
  • HEDU 501 Critical Reflection on Higher Education
  • HEDU 502 Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education

Note: HEDU 501, HEDU 502 are also available through Distance Learning.

Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDipHighE)

Papers
  • HEDU 501 Critical Reflection on Higher Education
  • HEDU 502 Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education
  • HEDU 503 Research in Higher Education
  • HEDU 510 Advanced Topics in Higher Education (30 points); or a 30 point paper at 400-level approved by the Programme Director.

Note: HEDU 501, HEDU 502, HEDU 503 are also available through Distance Learning.

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
HEDU501 2021 Critical Reflection on Higher Education 30 points Full Year
HEDU502 2021 Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education 30 points Full Year
HEDU503 2021 Research in Higher Education 30 points First Semester
HEDU504 2021 Academic Leadership in Higher Education 30 points Second Semester
HEDU510 2021 Advanced Topics in Higher Education 30 points Second Semester
HEDU590 2021 Research Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

Key information for future students

Contact us

Higher Education Development Centre
Email hedc@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/hedc/study