Doctor of Education


This professional doctorate program is designed for research-orientated individuals working in educational roles who wish to make a contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice.

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Course description, features and facilities

The professional doctorate is focused on the application of advanced knowledge to questions of professional practice. Participants will develop substantial content knowledge in cognate areas related to the kinds of career positions and pathways that they might pursue, along with substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of learning. Participants will demostrate intellectual discipline to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation, and reflect on theory and practice to contribute to professional knowledge and practice.

There is only one intake of students per year, and this occurs in early February.

This course is also available to be undertaken at the UWA Singapore Campus. If you are interested in this campus, register your interest online.

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Student profile – Dr Harjinder Kaur Senghera

'The Doctorate in Education has a wide focus in various research methodologies which takes the doctorate student over the various fields to enable him/her to be a competent researcher and doctoral supervisor. Through various high level analytical skills, the course enabled me as a doctoral student to discuss, present, defend and gain knowledge in various fields of Education, Educational paradigms, Educational research and various other related disciplines. As an academic, I have grown tremendously in experience and knowledge, and am able to confidently take on challenging roles in the field of Education; provide guidance to new and upcoming Educationists; and give back to society in terms of guiding students in the areas of personal and professional development.' 

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

NSEDUC9970Doctoral Research Project Plan (12 points)
NSEDUC9971Doctoral Research Scoping Project (12 points)
NSEDUC9972Doctoral Research Project Design (12 points)
NSEDUC9973Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report (12 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 96 points:

S1, S2EDUC9985Doctoral Thesis (full-time) (96 points)
S1, S2, NSEDUC9986Doctoral Thesis (part-time) (96 points)

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Professional recognition

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Career opportunities

Because the EdD is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work with other people and communicate effectively in writing at a high level, graduates may move into a range of careers. These may include leadership, management and tertiary education.

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Further study opportunities

Not applicable

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These pages are under review and are being updated.

Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with first or upper second class honours; OR
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field with an average of at least 70% and adequate research preparation; OR
  • Has been admitted to equivalent status and has demonstrated adequate research preparation; AND
  • Has identified a viable research topic.


  • The equivalent of at least two years’ relevant full time professional educational experience
  • English competency

    IELTS: A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in the Reading and Writing bands. See the full list of English language requirements.
    These pages are under review and are being updated.

    How to apply

    This course is available to Australian and international students.

    On this page

    1. Application Deadlines
    2. How to apply
    3. Fees

    Application Deadlines

    Applications can be submitted from January to November.

    How to apply

    In the first instance, all prospective students should contact the course coordinator, Christine Howitt, to determine their eligibility to enrol in the Doctor of Education. This initial process may take 4 to 8 weeks.


    With the exception of international students, no fees will be charged to any student admitted to UWA for a research higher degree at UWA.

    Australian students undertaking research courses are therefore exempt from paying student contributions and tuition fees as part of the Research Training Scheme.

    Note: We can help with application-related enquiries. If you need further course-specific information, you may wish to contact the relevant Faculty or School.

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    Doctor of Education: the details

    Available 2016
    Locations offered
    Singapore (part of selected programs), Crawley
    Attendance types
    Part-time, Full-time
    Delivery mode
    Starting dates
    The starting date for this course is in mid-February. There is only one intake per year.
    Weekly first year time commitment
    The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
    Standard full-time completion
    4 years
    Maximum time to complete
    8 years
    Contact details: course information
    Anna Lee
    M428 The University of Western Australia
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    Course code
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    Additional information