Type of qualification
Level of study
Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.
Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.
Time to complete
International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.
Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Education – PGDipEd
With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education, you’ll learn how to critically apply theory and research. You'll understand the complex dimensions of current educational issues, practices and/or policies in particular contexts. By reflecting on research, you’ll demonstrate skill in analysis, synthesis, and critical evaluation of teaching and learning.
Why study with us?
Massey uses an enquiry-based and inter-professional learning model. This results in best practice learning and teaching experiences and student learning outcomes. We employ a range of distance and blended learning delivery options. These 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. This means you can choose from any of the courses in the endorsement areas or the elective schedule.
Your qualification options
Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Education does not qualify you to be a teacher.
A PGDipEd is 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.
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Education you will:
- have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Education, or equivalent, or
- have been awarded or qualified for any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching, or
- have been awarded or qualified for any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject.
You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
You may be required to provide evidence of sufficient background experience.
If you hold any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have no professional qualification in teaching you will need to provide a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) to support your application.
There is one intake each year for study commencing in February.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
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 Distinction or Merit.
- Look for information under ‘Student Progression’ in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.
- Contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Get advice button on this page.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
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 qualification if you wish to continue your studies.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
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 qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
Courses and specialisations
- Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
- Course code
- Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
- Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
- Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
Either with a Specialisation
- Compulsory courses – 30 credits
- Courses from the Specialisation – 60 credits
- Elective(s) from the Schedule – 30 credits
Or without a Specialisation
- Compulsory courses – 30 credits
- Courses from the Schedule – 90 credits
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Course code: 254710 Ruia taitea: Transforming Education credits 15
This course introduces students to critical issues of education within a neo-colonial, settler society. Students examine key concepts such as social justice, cultural location, and the collective wellbeing in the context of education in Aotearoa New Zealand.View full course details
Research Methods courses (Choose 15 credits from)
Course code: 267721 Research Methodologies in Education credits 15
An advanced study of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design in education. Theoretical and practical issues of research are studied under three course themes: context for research, research designs, data collection and analysis.View full course details
Course code: 267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies credits 15
A study of Māori research frameworks, philosophies and processes and an examination of their contribution to the growing body of indigenous scholarship as relevant to educational settings.View full course details
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
You may enrol in this qualification with or without a specialisation (endorsement).
Postgraduate Diploma in Education without specialisation
If you are completing the PGDipEd without a specialisation you will complete 30 credits of compulsory courses and 90 credits from any of the specialisation or elective schedules with no more than one course from each specialisation. This will allow you to construct a qualification individualised to your personal needs.
See the Regulations for this programme for the courses available for the ‘without specialisation’ option.
Postgraduate Diploma in Education with specialisation
You will complete 30 credits of compulsory courses and at least 60 credits from the relevant endorsement schedule. The requirements for each specialisation are set out in the schedule for the qualification. An additional 30 credits may come from any of the subject schedules, or from the elective schedule.
It is recommended that any compulsory courses are completed first.
Course code: 253753 Guidance in Education credits 30
A study of guidance in educational settings. Attention is given to the philosophical foundations of guidance, its social implications, organisation and roles. Intervention procedures for individuals and groups are examined.View full course details
Course code: 254744 Pacific Peoples and Education in New Zealand credits 30
A critical examination of current issues in education which affect Pacific Islands peoples in New Zealand. Students will consider the place of Pacific Islands peoples in New Zealand society and design strategies for meeting their educational needs within specified professional fields of interest.View full course details
Course code: 263704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning credits 30
A study of learning and the applications of national and international theory and research within learning contexts with an emphasis on contemporary learning themes.View full course details
Course code: 263705 Assessment for Learning and Teaching credits 30
Contemporary New Zealand and international assessment theory, practice and policy are examined and critiqued with application for educators in their learning context.View full course details
Course code: 269735 Mana Kura: Leadership in Māori Education credits 30
A critical examination of traditional and contemporary forms of Māori professional, personal and cultural leadership and the role of iwi, community and tribal organisations in educational governance.View full course details
Course code: 276731 STEM in Education and Society credits 30
Students will develop scholarship, engagement, and teaching in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).View full course details
Fees and scholarships
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.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
Scholarship and award opportunitiesSearch our scholarships and awards
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Careers and job opportunities
When you have graduated, you will be able to enhance and advance your career relevant to your specialisation, in areas such as:
- early childhood teaching
- primary school teaching
- secondary school teaching
- TESOL settings
- kaiwhakaako Māori
- special education
- training and development roles within organisations (e.g. teaching hospitals, businesses, community organisations, libraries)
- leadership roles in centres/schools and post-school settings
- learning and instructional design
- counselling and guidance
- educational psychology.