Master’s Study

Master of Contemporary Education



Intensity: Full-time or part-time
Type: Blended learning
Structure: Structured into 3 parts
Duration: 32 weeks part-time (PGC-DCL), then 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Start Date: Our next confirmed intake begins on 15th April 2019.
Fees: $9995.00 + GST for full programme (Parts 1, 2 & 3). ($7250.00 + GST if PGC-DCL is already completed.)
Location: Can be completed from anywhere in New Zealand. You will need to attend occasional face-to-face workshops held in Auckland.
Result: 180 credit Master’s degree
Certification: Following our successful application as a PTE, from October 2018 this programme will be certified by The Mind Lab.


Get your application underway now by scheduling your application interview:


Applications for the April 2019 intake are open now!



Current Intakes: June and October 2018
Commenced 25th June 2018 and 23rd October 2018

Next Confirmed Intake: April 2019
Commences 15th April 2019 for Full time and Part time


A limited number of scholarships are available for the Master of Contemporary Education.

  • Tangata Whenua Scholarship: for educators who identify as Māori
  • Pacific Ako Scholarship: for  educators who identify as of Pacific Island descent
  • Taipakeke Scholarship: for  educators who are aged 60 years and over

These scholarships cover 50% of the full tuition fee.

Scholarship applications close 15th March 2019.

Applicants must be fully enrolled in order for their scholarship application to be considered.

Contact for more information, or for information about eligibility.

To apply for a scholarship you will need to fill out the application form. Applicants must provide some personal information to identify themselves. This information differs depending on which scholarship you are applying for. We ask all applicants to attach some evidence to their application to indicate how the scholarship and programme will benefit their education context.


The Master of Contemporary Education builds on our core philosophy of digital and collaborative learning. It is:

  • Practice-based, learner-focused and solutions-driven
  • Agile, blended, iterative and collaborative
  • Supported by workshops and online communities 

The Master of Contemporary Education (MCE) has been designed to support the professional development and needs of teachers and educators in a rapidly changing education environment.

The MCE provides a pathway for educators to gain understanding and knowledge of contemporary challenges and opportunities in education.

A core component of the programme is the building of advanced competencies particularly in leadership and collaboration, and empowering educators to meet contemporary education demands of their practice context.  

The output of this programme is a practice-based change project with genuine outcomes for stakeholders, which is then shared at The Mind Lab Education Symposium.


This practice-based Master’s programme is about the challenges, problems and opportunities that you face in your education context. The Master of Contemporary Education directly focuses on adding real value to your school, classroom or other education context and so will be supported by your leadership team.

Focusing also on the challenges of contemporary education from digital fluency through leadership and collaboration, the Master’s programme recognises all teachers as leaders.


Master of Contemporary Education graduates will be able to:

  •  Critically engage in a substantial and authentic way with appropriate communities and stakeholders in the context of changing education environments.
  • Critique past, existing, and emerging practices and determine their cultural and social impact on practice and wider education contexts.
  • Critically analyse key challenges and opportunities in contemporary education, and generate solutions and strategies to advance practice.
  • Develop and adapt knowledge regarding emerging and disruptive technologies, and the need for digital fluency, into practice.
  • Lead and develop collaborative learner-focused ‘solutions in practice’ in the context of emerging challenges and opportunities in contemporary education.


  • Part 1 (Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning): 4 courses, part-time over 32 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. (60 credits) 
  • Part 3 (Practice-based Change Project): In this MCE capstone course, the candidate evidences change in practice and learning through leadership and collaboration in the implementation and critical evaluation of practice-based projects. (60 credits). 


The details for courses in Part 2 are:

  • Contemporary Teaching – MLED 8201  (15 credits at Level 8)
  • Digital Fluency – MLED 8202  (15 credits at Level 8)
  • Leadership in Practice – MLED 8203 (15 credits at Level 8)
  • Collaboration in Practice – MLED 8204  (15 credit at Level 8)

The details for the course in Part 3 is:

  • Practice-Based Change Project – MLED 9200 (60 credits at Level 9)


Master of Contemporary Education students can apply for Studylink one year at a time.

Studylink applicants must only apply for an enrolment period of less than 52 weeks.