Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd)

Key facts

  • Available in Manawatū (not all majors available)
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international Students studying in NZ or via distance learning
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Extend your professional knowledge, explore new developments, and enhance your contribution to the education field.

What is it like?

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education, you’ll be distinguished by your ability to critically apply theory and research, and to understand the complex dimensions of current educational issues, practices and/or policies in particular contexts. You’ll reflect on research and demonstrate skill in analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation of teaching and learning.

Why study with us?

Massey uses an inquiry-based and interprofessional learning model which results in best practice learning and teaching experiences and student learning outcomes. We employ a range of distance and blended learning delivery options that provide flexible learning options for all students regardless of their location. You’ll be taught by highly qualified, well-regarded teachers who are supportive and provide a high level of pastoral care.

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education offers the largest number of endorsements of any postgraduate degree of its kind in New Zealand. Alternatively you can follow an unendorsed pathway where you can choose from any of the papers in the endorsement areas or the elective schedule.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a degree and some professional experience in the subject you’d like to explore
  • Want to engage at the cutting edge of an education debate
  • Are interested in advanced studies in education including research


Graduates will be able to enhance and advance their careers, relevant to their specialisation, in areas such as:

  • Early childhood teaching
  • Primary school teaching
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Tertiary education settings
  • TESOL settings
  • Kaiwhakaako Māori
  • Special education
  • Training and development roles within organisations (eg teaching hospitals, businesses, community organisations, libraries)
  • Leadership roles in centres/schools and post school settings
  • Learning and instructional design
  • Counselling and guidance
  • Educational psychology
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