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Overview

Become an expert in digital education

Massey’s Master of Education (Digital Education) will give you the critical insight and practical and research skills you need to thrive in the rapidly changing field of digital learning and teaching.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • International

  • Available for international students via distance learning

Everyday life is being fundamentally changed by digital technologies. Education is part of this change. Learning is no longer confined to a place or to traditional pathways of learning.

In the Master of Education (Digital Education), you will learn to analyse and critique digital education theory and practice. You’ll develop your understanding of the complexities of digital learning and teaching. You’ll also enhance the effectiveness of your digital teaching to improve students' learning within a safe and inclusive learning environment. You can conduct your own research in an aspect of digital education that interests you.

Your qualification options

The Master of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.

Careers and further study

Careers

The skills and knowledge that the Master of Education (Digital Education) provides will enable you to pursue or advance your career in the diverse and fast-moving field of digital education.

Digital education professionals are needed in a wide variety of areas including:

  • teaching
  • industry
  • government
  • learning and instructional design
  • defence force
  • libraries
  • academic and professional development
  • health sector
  • digital education research and policy development.

Further study

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.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

To enter the Master of Education (Digital Education) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • the Bachelor of Education with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject, or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, or equivalent, with a grade average across all courses of at least B (coursework pathway) or at least a B+ (research pathway).

If you do not have a Bachelor of Education or equivalent, you will need to supply a copy of your curriculum vitae. See below for more details. 

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University. 

Research and professional pathway

When you apply, you will choose either a research pathway (90-credit thesis) or a professional inquiry pathway (45 credits of courses).

If you intend to do the research pathway you will need to provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) with your application.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Other requirements

About your CV

For this programme, your curriculum vitae (CV) should show some leadership/management experience in an educational environment (eg. Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Syndicate Leader, Nursing Programme Leader at a Polytechnic, Training Manager in a Hospital, Private Training Organisation (PTO) Team Leader, Head of Human Resources in an educational environment, etc.

To do the Educational Administration and Leadership qualification, you need to have some leadership experience. Include a section under employment on your leadership/management responsibilities. You can list any instances where you have led people or projects, either at or outside school, perhaps in your current role. You need to be able to show two years of this type of experience.

The assignments in all the courses in the Digital Education qualification will draw on your leadership experiences. You will need to be able to take your leadership experiences and critique and apply these to your assignments. 

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses (60 credits)

60 credits
261760 Digital Education and Design for Learning 30
261764 Foundations of Digital Education 30

Subject courses: Coursework Pathway (At least 30 credits from)

At least 30 credits from
261765 Trends in Digital Education 30
261766 Teaching and Digital Education 30

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Master of Education (Digital Education) is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

The maximum completion timeframe for the 180-credit Master of Education is five years.

Course work (professional inquiry) pathway

It is strongly recommended that all subject courses are completed first. The research methods courses should then be completed.

To progress to Part Two you will need a minimum B grade average in the first 120 credits of courses.

Research (thesis) pathway

It is strongly recommended that all subject courses are completed first. The research methods courses must then be completed.

To progress to Part Two you will achieve a minimum B+ grade average in the first 90 credits of courses.

Distinction and Honours awards

Master of Education (120 credit)

If you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in this specialisation (and are ineligible to surrender this qualification), you may be admitted directly to Part Two if the required minimum grade average is achieved in the PGDipEd.

If you have a specialisation in the same subject area you may be admitted directly to Part Two in that specialisation.

The maximum completion timeframe for the 120 credit Master of Education is four years.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • want to understand digital education better
  • want skills and knowledge in existing and emerging digital learning
  • would like to conduct your own research in some aspect of digital education.

Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships