Conduct High-Impact Work with World-Class Leaders & Researchers

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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)

For more information, go to the UNSW Handbook.

Entry Requirements

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.

Download Expression of Interest Form

Expressions of interest to commence the Doctor of Education in 2022 are due by Close of Business Monday 18 October 2021