Research in the Wellington Faculty of Education is focused on improving policy and practice across the education sector.

Our research ultimately aims to help improve educational experience and achievement for all—from early childhood to higher education.

The Faculty provides innovative postgraduate programmes that bridge learning, research and professional practice. We take an interdisciplinary approach and work to promote collaborative research links across the University and with the professions.

We offer a supportive environment for our research students to examine a wide range of issues in education in New Zealand and beyond.

I feel a strong sense of belonging here. I have had overwhelming support as a student and employee over my six years of study from undergraduate to postgraduate.
Hine Funaki, MA in Education

Research focus and strengths

  • education policy, curriculum, and implementation
  • special education
  • educational psychology
  • early childhood education
  • educational leadership
  • Māori education
  • Pasifika education
  • international education
  • teacher learning
  • adult education
  • social justice and citizenship
  • educational health and wellbeing
  • learning environments

Discover more about research in the Wellington Faculty of Education.

Research degrees

The Wellington Faculty of Education offers two research Master’s and two doctoral programmes.

Research across disciplines

The Wellington Faculty of Education offers research degrees in education, although we encourage innovation by thinking beyond traditional subject boundaries. You can take an interdisciplinary approach to your research—combining ideas or methods from other subjects within the University or collaborating with other schools.


All research students have an academic supervisor to guide and mentor them. If you are applying for admission to a research degree, you can start your own search for a supervisor or get in touch with the Faculty of Education's postgraduate coordinator.

Research centres

Institute of Early Childhood Studies

Institute of Early Childhood Studies promotes excellence in early childhood education through research, policy advice and information services.