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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 relevant contact person for the programme. 

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 postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz. You may be contacted directly if it is noticed there are any potential issues with the papers you have chosen. 

Apply for admission to these qualifications:

To apply for any these programmes, use the yellow "apply now" button that appears on the following pages:

Apply for admission these qualifications:

Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn)

If you are interested in becoming a teacher in early childhood, primary or secondary education, please consult the MTchgLn information page for further information about this initial teacher education programme.

Master of Arts (MA)

Prospective MA thesis students should first make contact with the College of Education at postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz. You will need to send your academic transcript and information about your proposed topic at this stage also. We will make an initial assessment of the information you provide, and determine our ability to provide appropriate supervision.

If you are studying by thesis only, you can apply at any time. If you are studying papers as well, application is required by 10 December annually. Once your application has been assessed by the university, you will be notified of the outcome.

If we believe we can support you to complete an MA thesis, we will inform you that you should formally apply online. To apply, use the yellow "apply now" button on the Master of Arts webpage to complete your online application.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Prospective EdD students need to apply by 31 March annually.  Applications are not assessed until after applications close on this date. You are required to provide a CV, academic transcripts and information about your proposed topic at this stage also.

To apply, use the yellow "apply now" button on the Doctor of Education webpage to complete your online application.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

If you wish to complete your PhD through the University of Otago you should first gain the support of an academic department prior to completing the online application.

If you wish to study through the College of Education you need to send a copy of your CV, academic transcripts and a short (2-5 pages) proposal to postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz, along with information about why you wish to study at the College of Education, and whether you 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.

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

If we decide we can support your application, use the yellow "apply now" button on the Doctor of Philosophy webpage to complete your online application.

Need help?

If you want to talk to someone about any of our postgraduate programmes, please contact postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz.