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Master of Education (MEd)

The University of Otago College of Education Master of Education (MEd) degree equips graduates with advanced knowledge, critical skills and research acumen needed for employment in teaching, policy analysis, management and research in the public and private sectors. It is also a recognised entry qualification for the PhD or EdD.

Admission as a candidate for the MEd requires a Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Education Studies or an acceptable alternative qualification, with grades of B or better in 300-level Education papers. Interested persons with teaching qualifications and degrees in subjects other than Education can apply. It comprises 240 points, including a 20-point research paper and a 60-point research dissertation (EDUC580). This is the equivalent of two years of full-time study, although it can be done part-time.

Students may also apply for admission to the MEd having completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Education or a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDipTchg) with a B average, or appropriate alternative qualifications acceptable to the College and the Division of Humanities. In this case, completion of an MEd requires EDUC580 MEd Dissertation and a further 60 points. This is the equivalent of one year of full-time study.

Online Application Form

Apply for admission to the University of Otago College of Education Master of Education Programme.

Further Information

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Education.


For further information, contact one of our Postgraduate & Distance (Education Studies) coordinators at:

Programme Requirements

Master of Education (MEd)

No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme.

  • EDUC 407  Researching Educational Issues or another approved research methods paper (20 points)
  • EDUC 580  MEd Dissertation (60 points)
  • Further papers worth a total of 160 points, (normally selected from those prescribed for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Education, the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects in Education, or the degree of Master of Education)

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