Explore your options
The Applied Practice programmes are designed for experienced professionals wanting a postgraduate level programme that can be tailored to them. These programmes elevate your thinking, problem-solving and expertise, they can also lead you to become an agent of change and lead innovation and/or transformation practice in your industry, community, workplace and in you. This is why we’ve called it Applied (actual transformational outcomes) and Practice (impacts what you do).
These programmes are designed to support work integrated learning, and to enable interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary thinking, work and research. This is because, by nature, practice based research is not siloed but encompasses the complexities that accompany the challenges of practice.
Fit to your needs
Adaptable programme: Bring your challenges and what you want to transform to us and we will adapt the programme to suit your practice challenge/innovation.
Work integrated learning: This structure allows your work to strengthen your study and your study to strengthen your work. As such, you may also find support from your work to assist your study.
Your pace: Our team will work with you to develop a schedule that suits you. You can, of course, opt for part-time study, so you can continue to earn while you learn.
- Create your pathway from a range of courses and disciplines and tailor your study to your career goals. Within an Applied Practice programme, you’re not limited to one discipline of study.
- The Applied Practice programmes enable transdisciplinary study focussed in your workplace or industry. This allows you to create richer contexts, give more depth to your study, and helps you to identify and develop solutions for complex and contemporary work-based problems.
- Study in your workplace, take up research programmes or a research project.
Designed for experienced professionals: Our Applied Practice programmes are designed for experienced (in some cases qualified and registered) professionals wanting to become conscious reflective practitioners, to develop new aspects of practice, to innovate, and/or to produce evidence-based research about practice.
Culturally responsive pedagogies:
- Pasifika: We support Pacific approaches to study, work and research. This may include such research approaches as Talanoa for example. Learn more about our Pasifika Centre.
- Kaupapa Maori: Find out more about Kaupapa Maori research at Unitec.
Rigour in problem solving and research: The academic structure and support from our highly qualified team gives you the rigour required for postgraduate level study. This includes a guided approach to your study with systematic critical, analytical and reflective thinking.
Transformative: Rather than being solely literature based, the research element of the Applied Practice programmes encourages complex conversations relating to your work and study from the outset. This can lead to diversity in thought and could better guide your research to produce real implementable solutions. i.e. research with a purpose and outcome.
Hear from a student
Hear from Jo Alexander, a current Applied Practice student, about her take on Applied Practice as a study option.
There is 3 core Applied Practice programmes. Click on the links below and find out what each programme can offer you:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice
- Master of Applied Practice
Further to these, Applied Practice offers a number of specialisations, see the full list below. If your interest is in a different subject area/s, either the core Applied Practice programmes or one of our department offered postgraduate qualifications may better suit you. Contact us if you would like to discuss your options.
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Programmes and study path
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning)||8||32 weeks part-time||Increase your teaching expertise in digital technology.||March, July, and November|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice||8||Full-time for six months or part-time for one to four years||Improve or innovate in your industry, community, workplace or practice||February or July|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Social Practice)||8||Domestic students: Full-time for one year or part-time options available. Not open to international students.||Community development worker, Counsellor, Not-for-profit practitioner, Social practitioner working for a government agency, Social practitioner working for a non-government agency (NGO)||February or July|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice||8||Full-time for one year or part-time options available||Improve or innovate in your industry, community, workplace or practice||February or July|
|Master of Applied Practice (Professional Accounting)||9||Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years.||Assistant accountant, Intermediate accountant, Accounting technician, Provides a pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA or CPA)||February or July|
|Master of Applied Practice (Social Practice)||9||Domestic students: Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years. Not open to international students.||Community development worker, Counsellor, Not-for-profit practitioner, Social practitioner working for a government agency, Social practitioner working for a non-government agency (NGO)||February or July|
|Master of Applied Practice (Technological Futures)||9||1 year (50 weeks)||Innovator, Entrepreneur||6 March 2018|
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6 November 2018
|Master of Applied Practice||9||Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years||Advance your practice and contribute to your profession by completing work-relevant research and projects||February or July|
Research at Unitec
In addition to the support you receive from the experienced Te Miro Postgraduate team in your Applied Practice programme, if you're undertaking research you can also access support from our Research and Enterprise Office. This may include research and career guidance, potential industry partnering, commercialisation and IP advice. Find out more here.
Scholarships: There are also a number of scholarships available to Masters and Doctoral students for which you may be eligible. View the Postgraduate Scholarships.