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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Master of Higher Education

This program is designed to be taken part-time by those working in a learning and teaching role in the tertiary sector who would like to undertake research-informed and based study in higher education.

It provides a collegial, cross-disciplinary space for you to explore academic citizenship and learning and teaching and the higher education context, and to undertake a supervised higher education learning and teaching research project.

It aims to foster a higher-education community of practice among students through the use of active and peer learning, learning by teaching and collaborative learning activities and assessments, in order to enhance the standard and standing of tertiary learning and teaching at students’ institutions and beyond.

Campus Information

City Campus

The City Campus is right in the heart of Auckland. You are within walking distance of all the main cultural, entertainment and commercial hubs.


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  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

This programme offers a path beyond the Postgraduate Certificates in Academic Practice or Higher Education for those keen to further their understanding of higher education learning and teaching, and their higher education research capability. This qualification can also provide the foundations for doctoral study. A graduate of this programme would need to complete an additional 30-point-course (supervised research project) to apply for PhD study.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Higher education or scholarship of teaching and learning researcher
  • Learning and teaching leadership role (e.g., associate dean, head of school, team leader or course director)
  • Tertiary learning adviser
  • Tertiary/university lecturer
  • Tertiary/university librarian

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Minimum program requirements

  • Normally this requires a completed bachelor honors degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognized university (or similar) overseas.
  • An undergraduate degree
  • GPE 5.0