Postgraduate qualifications in Applied Practice

  • New Applied Practice qualifications

The Master of Applied Practice, Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice, and Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice are contemporary and flexible qualifications designed for individuals wishing to pursue and advance their professional careers.

Move up through the programmes at a pace that suits your work and life commitments. This approach ensures each qualification is tailored to your needs and responsive to your changing work environment. There are also opportunities for postgraduate students to customise their study pathways to meet their own career aspirations.

Study options

You can create a pathway that suits your interests and needs from a wide range of courses and disciplines. Additionally, there are specialisation pathways if you're interested in pursuing career advancement in social practice, technological futures or digital and collaborative learning.

The focus of all the programmes is on Applied Practice, so you build knowledge and skills that are relevant and useful to your work, practice and community. You can expect:

  • collaborative interdisciplinary learning  
  • relevant work and practice based projects
  • flexible study options that can be customised to meet your needs
  • programmes that are scalable with scope for future development
  • programmes that recognise and include Matauranga Māori dimensions.

Who are the Applied Practice programmes for?

You should consider the Applied Practice programmes if you’re a professional who wants to extend your knowledge or develop/evidence your skills in a specialist area. For example:

  • advanced practitioners who want to make a significant contribution to their organisation, community or profession.
  • people who want to advance an area of their practice or career
  • practitioners who have a research question in mind and who want to  contribute new knowledge to their wider profession and/or community.

Programme structure

Applied Practice programmes are made up of core, project-based and elective courses.

Core courses are compulsory across all programmes and cover applied practice, research and community-informed practice, and a course that explores research questions, concerns or issues that are applicable to the communities and/or industries that you work with.

Project-based courses include negotiated study, a research project, dissertation and thesis. Projects are work-relevant and the emphasis is on community and industry engagement.

Download the Programme Structure (PDF) »

Pathway options

  • Choose the social practice specialisation and you’ll look at topics like New Zealand social policy, human rights and social justice, and contemporary issues in community engagement. It’s a good option for a community development practitioner who wants to develop skills in research consumership, or a not-for-profit manager who wants to support community resilience in an urban context.
  • Choose the digital and collaborative learning specialisation and you’ll consider topics like digital and collaborative pedagogies, change leadership, and educational theory. It’s designed for teachers and educators at all levels to engage learners and achieve better educational outcomes. This is offered through the Mind Lab by Unitec, a new partnership dedicated to digital literacy in teaching and learning.
  • Customise your programme to your experience and interests, preparing you for emerging roles that cross different disciplines, or to explore an area of your choice.

All of the Applied Practice programmes have the option of beginning with a Review of Learning course. This can lead to Assessment of Prior Learning, which is an opportunity for you to evaluate your professional experience and previous learning against the requirements of study.

Find out more

For further information about any of the Applied Practice programmes please contact the Applied Practice Academic Leader.

Stephanie Sheehan
(09) 892 7692