Faculty of Education and Social Work

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education

The BA(Hons) in Education is an advanced postgraduate qualification that can be taken after completing a BA in Education. You can choose from a wide variety of advanced level courses in areas of Education and will complete a dissertation.  This programme is offered through the Faculty of Arts and taught by Faculty of Education and Social Work academic staff.

Quick facts
One year full-time study or two years' part-time study.
Weekly evening lectures and on-campus block courses at Epsom Campus. Some courses offered by online/study guide. Selected courses may be offered at other campuses.
Points per degree 120


This multi-disciplinary qualification is designed for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts who have an interest in the broader subject of Education and its role and relationship with individuals and societies. Through course work and supervised research you can explore areas such as educational psychology, child and developmental psychology, philosophy, sociology and history of education, Māori education, Pacific education, adult and higher education, and research and evaluation. Graduates continue into careers in business, human resources, educational psychology, policy development and government agencies as well as community education, adult and marae-based learning. If you meet the criteria, this qualification can lead directly to study at doctoral level.



Entry criteria

1. In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have:

  • completed the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts or an equivalent qualification as approved by Senate or its representative.
  • passed the specified prerequisite courses for one of the subjects listed in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Schedule with an average of B or higher in 45 points in that subject above Stage II.
  • approval from the relevant Head of Department or Programme Coordinator.

2. A student may, with the approval of the relevant Head of Department, enrol for this degree who has not completed all the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts, but who has:

  • passed courses with a total value of at least 345 points for that degree
  • achieved an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the subject intended for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • passed the specified prerequisite courses as listed in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) schedule for the intended subject

The remaining courses for the Bachelor of Arts degree must be passed within the first semester of enrolment for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours). The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree will not be awarded until the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts have been completed.

View the full regulations for this programme.

Programme structure

The programme comprises taught courses and a supervised research component (dissertation).

Prerequisite: A major in Education


  • 90 points from EDUC 702-787, 791
  • 30 points: EDUC 790 Dissertation

Note: With approval you may include up to 30 points from 700 level courses in other subjects offered at this University.  No undergraduate level courses may be included in the BA(Hons) in Education.

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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.


For more information and to apply

Contact the Arts Students’ Centre in the Faculty of Arts:
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85060
Human Sciences Building, 10 Symonds Street, Auckland

Refer also to the Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Handbook.