Master's degree

First online programme learners begin studying

Learning has begun for the new Tuihono UC | UC Online Master of Organisational Psychology and Certificate in Criminal Justice.

A new cohort of learners will be engaged with Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury as learning begins for Tuihono UC | UC Online’s first fully online programmes.  

The Master of Organisational Psychology and Certificate in Criminal Justice have been specifically designed and created for online learning, targeted at a new group of prospective learners.  

Meanwhile, the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Master of Health Sciences (Nursing) are due to begin next year, with UC experts also developing programmes in Applied Data Science, and Graphic Design and Animation. 
“Tuihono UC has been designed for people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to study on-campus at UC,” says Dean of Future Learning and Development, Professor Michael Grimley. “These are people whose work schedules don’t line up with lectures, parents whose whānau commitments mean they need flexible study, or people living outside of Waitaha | Canterbury who want to study with UC but can’t physically be in Christchurch.”  

As the online learning division of UC, Tuihono has been designed to develop and create online courses and programmes that enable lifelong learning. With a team of learning specialists working with UC academics and industry partners, Tuihono’s online courses and programmes allow people to shift and sidestep into new careers, expanding their professional capability in a way that fits around busy lives.  



The Certificate in Criminal Justice in particular offers professionals in the justice sector a way to return to study, providing flexible, university-level professional development they can undertake while working.  

“The Certificate in Criminal Justice offers a remarkable opportunity for individuals both within and outside the justice sector,” says UC's Director of Criminal Justice, Dr Helen Farley. 

 “For professionals already working in the justice sector, it serves as a catalyst for career advancement, deepening their understanding of the criminal justice system and preparing them for more challenging and higher-responsibility roles. For people outside of the sector, it offers a clear pathway to begin their career in the field, giving them a solid foundation in criminal justice principles, procedures and practices that will make them a valuable asset across various roles within the sector.”  

Similarly, the Master of Organisational Psychology takes the popularity of UC’s online edX MicroMasters® in organisational psychology, expanding this programme to create a brand-new master’s degree exploring employee wellbeing and organisational effectiveness.  

“Tuihono UC enables us to deliver the University of Canterbury’s incredible academic offerings to everyone in Aotearoa – and beyond,” says Professor Grimley. “We can’t wait to see what our new programme learners achieve!”  

Check out the current Tuihono UC Programmes


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