Doctor of Education


Conduct high-impact work with experienced educational leaders and world-class researchers

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is designed for education professionals working in schools and systems and serves the needs of individuals who wish to consolidate, refine, and expand their theoretical understandings of educational policy and practice and to apply these in their own contexts.

Students in the EdD Program will be co-taught by world-class researchers conducting high-impact work and highly experienced educational leaders. You’ll receive rigorous scholarly training in a range of research methodologies and conduct high quality research that will have a powerful and lasting impact on research, policy, and professional practice.

The EdD is a Commonwealth supported flexible cohort-based program designed to be undertaken part-time over four years, with the flexibility to adjust pace to complete in 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time if needed.


Students are required to complete eight coursework components (48 units of credit) of specialised coursework, three per year, normally including two research methodology courses and a small project that will support candidates in completing their original piece of substantive research.

The concurrent research component requires completion of supervised research leading to the production of a written thesis, typically of 50,000 – 60,000 words, which demonstrates an original and significant contribution to the field.

Examination of the thesis is by two independent examiners, external to the university.

Doctor of Education courses

EDST5034 – Current Issues in Education 1 (6 UOC)

EDST5035 – Current Issues in Education 2 (6 UOC)

EDST5031 – Research Methods 1 (6 UOC)

EDST5033 – Research Methods 2 (6 UOC)

EDST5036 – EdD Project 1 (6 UOC)

EDST5037 – EdD Project 2 (6 UOC)

EDST5038 – EdD Seminar 1 (6 UOC)

EDST5039 – EdD Seminar 2 (6 UOC)

Supervision areas

Do you have an interest in Equity and Education or School Reform? We are seeking EdD applications in these two areas for our first intake in 2019.

Equity and Education – A key challenge for educators, this theme explores issues such as overcoming educational disadvantage, regional and rural education, Indigenous education, inclusive and special needs education, and social justice.

School Reform – This theme focuses on the organisation and organising of schools and systems seeking to address school improvement, its influences, strategies, processes and outcomes for equity, access and excellence.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences also encourages interdisciplinary collaboration both within the Faculty and across the University.

Postgraduate research supervision areas


Admission to the Doctor of Education degree requires the following qualifications:

A first or upper-second class Bachelor Honours (research) degree in education; or

A Masters (coursework) degree in education with a distinction average and evidence of research capacity; or

Other approved equivalent qualifications; and

At least 3 years professional experience in a branch of education.

All applicants must meet the English language entry requirements of the University


Coming in 2019 - for program rules and structure please see the UNSW Handbook. 

How to Apply

Preparing an application

Step 1: Expression of Interest

Please complete the EOI form and send it to 


HDR EOI Form Word Doc

Your email must be accompanied by:

• A detailed CV which pays particular attention to your academic qualifications and whether there were any substantial independent research components in your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Your CV should also outline your record of employment with relevant professional experience.

• Evidence that you can meet the minimum requirements for admission, including transcripts that detail your qualifications and their grades (including the research or thesis/dissertation component), as well as information on grading systems at the awarding institutions, and evidence of your English language eligibility if relevant.

• A sample of your written work. If you have completed a thesis/dissertation, please include this. If not, please provide copies of a published research article or long-form research essay.


Step 2:

On receipt of these documents, a selection panel will review your application to assess your eligibility and if appropriate supervision and resources are available in one of the following areas:

• Equity and Education

• School Reform

Once the selection panel assessed your eligibility, you will be invited to submit a formal application to the UNSW Graduate Research School (GRS).

Your formal application must include the School's invitation email as the 'proof of contact'.

It is important to note that an invitation to apply does not constitute a formal offer of admission to study at UNSW.


How to submit an application

All applicants must apply online. See the UNSW Graduate Research School website for detailed instructions on how to apply.