Postgraduate Information Sessions top questions and answers

We've answered the top questions people asked during our recent information sessions. Contact our online help and support centre AskAuckland if you have further queries.

I’m thinking about studying part-time but I'm worried about the time it takes to complete a Graduate Diploma in Teaching part-time. What would you would recommend?

It is generally recommend to students to study the Graduate Diploma full-time as it is an intensive programme, which consists of full-time placements (from 12-16 weeks depending on the programme) where students will spend days in schools. The benefit of full-time study is you qualify to become a provisionally registered teacher earlier and can start working as a teacher on higher pay (than if you had an undergraduate degree) a lot sooner.


What scholarships or funding opportunities are available to me if I study the Graduate Diploma in Teaching?

For many, having funding support is a factor in their decision to study. Students studying the Graduate Diploma in Teaching may be eligible for Student Allowances through Study Link and may also apply for TeachNZ Scholarships.

Other University scholarships may be available for students who qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching – search scholarships on the website.


I am already a teacher or working in education. Are there any scholarships available specifically for me?

Depending on the faculty, level of qualification you are applying for (i.e., masters, postgraduate diploma, postgraduate certificate) and your current situation, you may be eligible for a range of scholarships to support your study. On our website, you can use the filter to search for scholarships that you may be eligible for.

More information on scholarships is available on the faculty website.


Are research topics based more on the educational system and wider community, or are they more on children/students in terms of their behavior and how they learn?

The faculty has a wide range of expertise in all areas of education, from educational policy and leadership through to how and what students learn. Much of our research is connected to how we positively impact student learning from early childhood through to adulthood, including higher education.

To learn more about the possibilities for your research visit our supervisors list and the research section of our website.

Our Student Advisers can connect you with academic staff members to discuss your research interests in more detail. Please contact

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