The Higher Education Development Centre was established in 1978 and is now a world-leader in the study of higher education. It provides a research-based service to the University of Otago, has a vibrant international postgraduate community and close ties with scholars in many different countries.
We are unique in offering six different degree pathways, some of which are taught at a distance. Supervisors are always delighted to hear from prospective Masters and PhD students and Otago has very generous competitive PhD scholarships for outstanding applicants.
HEDC’s latest programme is the Master of Higher Education (MHEd). This qualification is seen as a professional requirement for higher education academics, many of whom may already hold a research PhD. The course takes a full year to complete and it is based on inquiry and research principles. Participants gain knowledge about teaching and learning, and expertise in higher education leadership and mentoring.
HEDC also offers the following courses:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
- Options for further study. Please contact Kerry Shephard for more information.
The postgraduate community at HEDC
HEDC has a diverse range of postgraduates spanning many disciplines, and indeed many institutions. In recent years we have had postgraduates who are staff at Otago University, lecturers from Polytechnics and teachers from industry training organisations. However, there is a common goal shared amongst all of the postgraduates, and that is an interest in teaching and research in higher education.
You can see the profiles of our current postgraduate students and their research topics on the Our Postgraduates page.
How do I enrol?
- First you must be admitted to the programme. You can apply through the University of Otago website’s courses and subjects section.
- If you are admitted, you must enrol at university. This is the formal enrolment process that all students must undertake. Information can be obtained on the main University website enrolment page or by calling the University’s infoline on 0800 80 80 98.
Outside of this website, more information on postgraduate courses can be found:
- on the University’s Courses and Subjects website
in the University of Otago Calendar
- in the University of Otago’s online handbooks for Master’s students and Doctoral research students
- by chatting to HEDC staff.