Faculty of Education and Social Work

Study options

Find out more about the Liberal Arts undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Education
    The Bachelor of Arts is a three-year programme of full-time study within the Faculty of Arts. You can study Education as either a major or a minor, familiarising yourself with the history, sociology, philosophy, politics and psychology of education.


The BA (Hons) and MA in Education both provide an introduction to the major themes of education, and the nature and impact of current national and international educational initiatives. Elements of the programme include: contemporary issues in education and society; historical perspectives on education; the psychology, philosophy and sociology of education; learning and development theory; adult and higher education; Māori education; and research and evaluation.

Students are taught by staff who are also internationally and nationally renowned researchers.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education
    The BA (Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA (Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts - PGDipArts
    The PGDipArts is another way of pursuing postgraduate study, in any subject which is available for the BA (Hons). It consists of postgraduate taught courses, and may include a dissertation. It is normally focused on one subject, although it is possible to include a limited number of courses from other relevant subjects.
  • Master of Arts in Education
    An internationally recognised master’s degree from The University of Auckland is an effective demonstration of your knowledge and understanding of education.
  • Doctor of Education (EdD Programme)
    The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree is designed specifically for educational professionals. You will develop high quality research skills and complete an advanced research qualification to international standards.
    The 2017 EdD programme focuses on the theme "Serving Society: Creating equity, diversity and justice".
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    This programme of supervised research is aimed at graduates who aspire to positions of professional educational leadership and responsibility or educational research.


Search for postgraduate courses

Use our postgraduate course finder to learn more about the taught courses available at the Faculty of Education and Social Work for your programme.

General Education

The University has a General Education programme in all undergraduate degrees. General Education is aimed at producing graduates with flexible, critical thinking skills and an appreciation and understanding of fields outside of their usual area of study.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers four courses as part of the General Education schedule; EDUC 121G How People Learn, EDUC 122G Learning Sexualities, DISABLTY 113G Making Disabilities: The Construction of Ideas, and YOUTHWRK 152G Understanding New Zealand Youth.

Read more about General Education


Fees and scholarships

Find out the cost of tuition at the University, how to pay your fees and important dates. 

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships and University awards available to help you pay for your study. Learn more about postgraduate scholarships and how to apply.


Application for admission

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