University of Canterbury

24 months
19721 USD/year
4840 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Education at University of Canterbury is a multidisciplinary field of study with a focus on three core areas: learning, child and adolescent development and health, and social and cultural studies.


Students of Education gain a thorough understanding of human development across the whole lifespan and of teaching and learning processes. A breadth of study takes you from discussion on sociological perspectives and social justice issues in education to the exploration of inclusive education, adult learning, adolescent well-being and more.

Why study Education at University of Canterbury?

UC is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2016).

The intellectually challenging courses are designed to introduce students to in-depth, discipline-based knowledge of the social world as it applies to education. There are three broad streams of educational study offered at UC:

  • Learning: using the findings of behavioural science, cognitive science and new research into how the brain works, you will address questions such as how we learn, and what the necessary conditions for learning are.
  • Child and Adolescent Development and Health: explore the theory, concepts and processes of infant, child and adolescent development within multiple contexts. It also considers the impact of health on children and adolescents.
  • Social and Cultural Studies in Education: examine the broader social context in which educational systems operate, looking at factors such as history, politics, social class, ethnicity, gender, disability and inequality, and their impact on education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learning: People, Politics and Processes
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Education, Culture and Society
  • One in Four: Different Developmental Pathways
  • Promoting Child and Adolescent Wellbeing and Health
  • Education and Society: Ideals and Realities
  • Family/Whanau and Community in Early Childhood Education
  • Researching Development: Opportunities and Risks in Adolescence
  • Diverse Learners and Inclusive Education
  • Globalisation, Social Justice and Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 




240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements
  • Candidates must have qualified for a bachelor's degree and satisfied the prerequisites for the subject concerned. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject concerned are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19721 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19721 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4840 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Students - 7,535 NZD
  • International Students - 30,700 NZD


Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way to fund your university study.

Student loans and allowances

For domestic students, the most common option for funding your study is the New Zealand government's student loans and allowances. Here you can learn more about what they cover, and how to apply.

Overseas financial aid

If you are an international student coming to UC, you may be eligible for tuition or other financial aid from your home country, so make sure to check all your overseas financial aid options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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