Master of Contemporary Education

Level 9 – NZQA accredited

Our Master of Contemporary Education is a practice-based Master’s programme that you, as the learner, help co-construct in order to maximise the positive impact you can make in your school and education communities.

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Programme overview

The Master of Contemporary Education has been designed to support the professional development and needs of teachers and educators in their rapidly changing teaching and learning environments. The qualification directly focuses on adding measurable, beneficial value to you, your school and your education communities.

Our Masters is:

  • Practice-based, learner-focused and solutions-driven
  • Co-constructed alongside you to cater to your specific project and outcomes
  • Collaborative and supported by a community of educators

The output of this work-based Master’s qualification is an in-depth project that is developed, presented and shared with education peers and advisors at The Mind Lab Education Symposium. This project is your focus for both Parts 2 and 3 of the Masters and gives you the chance to make real change where it matters most to you.

Upcoming Intakes

All teachers are also learners

What you'll walk away with

An understanding of emerging education challenges and how to address areas that need improvement
The ability to understand and authentically respond to cultural and social change
Skills to lead and drive sustained pedagogical change to improve student outcomes
Digital fluency and the ability to effectively implement into your day-to-day teaching practice

Key programme details

Structure & time requirement 

The Master of Contemporary Education is made up of 3 parts:

  • Part 1: 35-weeks, part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning.
  • Part 2: Leadership and Collaboration in Contemporary Education – covering 4 courses starting January or July. Delivered part-time (12-15 hours per week over one year) or full-time (over 6 months).
  • Part 3: Your Practice-Based Change Project. Delivered part-time (12-15 hours per week over one year) or full-time (over 6 months, equivalent to around 600 hours of learning; 25-35 hours per week depending on the time you can allocate to study).

Our Master of Contemporary Education is currently run as scheduled facilitated sessions online, enabling teachers to complete this qualification from any location in New Zealand. It also includes full-day face-to-face workshops in Auckland, which we encourage you to attend, however there will be an online version available if travel to Auckland isn’t possible.


Any face-to-face sessions including symposiums will be at The Mind Lab – 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland.

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Next intakes

  • 16th January 2023 – Applications close 2nd January 2023
  • 17th July 2023 – Applications close 3rd July 2023


The domestic (NZ student) fee for the full Masters programme is $12,060 inc GST and each Part will be invoiced separately as you progress through the programme.

  • Part 1 (DCL): $3,320 inc GST
  • Part 2: $4,369 inc GST
  • Part 3: $4,369 inc GST

If you have already completed your Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning, the full programme fees consist of Part 2 and Part 3 only and total $8,738 inc GST.

The fee for international students, studying in New Zealand is $44,399 inc GST.

Discounts and scholarships

  • Our 2023 scholarships will be announced shortly.
  • We offer an earlybird discount for Part 2 and Part 3 of the Masters programme. If you complete your application more than 1 month before the start date, you will receive a 10% earlybird discount. This means your fees will be $3932.10 inc GST for each Part, or $7,864.20 inc GST total (excluding Part 1: DCL). Please note, this discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarships offered by the Mind Lab.
  • Postgraduate students are eligible to apply for StudyLink Student Loans or there are also a range of local grants and scholarships available for postgraduate study.

Entry requirements

Educators with either an undergraduate qualification (not necessarily in education) or a Diploma in Education will automatically qualify for entry. Applicants with other qualifications/experience can also be considered.

A getting to know you interview

For admission into this programme all applicants will be interviewed, this is your chance to get to know the programme team and ask any questions. You’ll meet Herbert, Anna, Truman, Tim or Dor, and in turn they’ll get to know you, and ensure our Master’s is the right fit for you. You can discuss your professional experience, your project (if you have an idea in mind already), your support (what you’d need from us and your personal support like colleagues, community, whānau etc.) and ask any questions that might be on your mind. We look forward to meeting you.

Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

International students

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or if you currently reside in New Zealand and your visa conditions allow study. To find out more about studying with The Mind Lab as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

Meet the team

Herbert Thomas
Programme Lead
Dor Kayes
Postgraduate Director
Anna Johnstone
Postgraduate Director
Truman Pham
Postgraduate Director
Tim Gander
Postgraduate Director
Kirsty Hohua
Postgraduate Facilitator
Emma Grobart
Programme Coordinator

What's new?

Our new format allows us to work with you to co-construct the programme curriculum, content and assessments to tailor them to your project, resulting in your very own individualised learning plan.
You'll form communities of enquiry related to topics that are relevant to your individualised learning plan, and have the chance to mentor and be mentored by others on their Masters journey.
‘The Mind Lab programme wakes you up to the fact you’re a professional leader of learning. It empowers you to take a lead in how you do things in your own practice.’

Matthew Eagle, Rongotai College

Course outline

Part 1

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning

4 courses, part-time over 37 weeks

(60 credits)

Part 2

Leadership and Collaboration in Contemporary Education

4 courses developing collaboration and leadership contextualised in contemporary education practice, including the importance of digital fluency. Part 2 develops a robust scope for the leadership of a practice-based project and collaboration in one or more other practice projects.

Part-time over 1 year, or full-time over 6 months.

(60 credits)

Part 3

Practice-based Change Project

In this capstone course, the candidates evidence their change in practice and learning through the implementation and critical evaluation of practice-based projects.

Part-time over 1 year, or full-time over 6 months.

(60 credits)

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