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Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.

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Entry requirements

Before enrolling for this Diploma, you shall:

  1. meet the University admission requirements as specified, and shall have:
  2. been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Education, or equivalent; or
  3. been awarded or qualified for any other Bachelors degree or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching; or
  4. been awarded or qualified for any other Bachelors degree or equivalent, and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject.

Along with certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates, you may be required to provide evidence of sufficient background experience. If you hold any other Bachelors 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.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


All students commencing study towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Education on or after 1 January 2016 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations.

Students who commence study towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Education prior to 1 January 2016 may choose to transfer to these regulations, providing they can satisfy all requirements as specified.

Students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Education prior to 1 January 2019 who have completed at least 30 credits towards the Tertiary Education endorsement may be permitted to substitute a course or courses already completed for a course or courses in the Tertiary Education Schedule.  For such students, the substitution of a course already completed towards the subject for the compulsory course 273.785 may be permitted. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2022.

In all cases students must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education structure

All students shall complete at least 120 credits at 700-level. The qualification may be awarded with or without a subject endorsement.

Without subject endorsement: Students completing the PGDipEd without a subject endorsement must complete 120 credits from any of the endorsement schedules or elective schedule. This will allow you to construct a qualification individualised to your personal needs.

With subject endorsement: Students must complete at least 90 credits from the relevant subject endorsement schedule, including any compulsory courses. The requirements for each endorsement 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.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


Note: The following are the research methods courses that are prerequisite/s for undertaking research in the Master of Education. If you are intending to progress onto the Master of Education it is recommended that you complete your research methods just prior to undertaking your research, i.e. after you have completed the content courses of the PGDipEd:
267.782 Quantitative Research in Education
267.783 Qualitative Research in Education
267.741 Indigenous Research Methodologies
267.740 Mixed Methods Research in Education

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulator information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Majors or endorsements

The following endorsements are available:

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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