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What will I learn?

This is an innovative higher degree by research doctorate program combining research, a dissertation and advanced coursework topics.

Internationally, the Doctor of Education is increasingly the qualification of choice for professionals in the field of education. It is particularly suited to holders of an honours degree with some career experience who wish to pursue doctoral studies primarily oriented towards the development of new knowledge through research and the application of knowledge in professional practice. Applicants with a masters-level degree with a research component are also encouraged to apply.

The core outcome of the course is that graduates make a sustained and original contribution to knowledge in education policy, management and practice through a major research dissertation and to develop an advanced understanding of politics and ethics of education policy, research and management. The emphasis is on leadership through knowledge expertise.

You will participate in the program through collaboration in knowledge analysis and generation.

What you will study

The Doctor of Education provides specialist studies that will enable you to develop advanced skills and knowledge to undertake a variety of advanced professional roles in education. It combines 27 units of doctoral coursework topics with 81 units of research incorporating a 45-unit dissertation.

It is expected that upon graduation you will be able to undertake a variety of advanced professional roles in education and associated fields and to make an original and sustained contribution to knowledge in educational policy, management and practice.

To qualify for the Doctor of Education, you must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, normally comprising:

Core Year 1: 9 units of advanced coursework and 27 units of research and research preparation topics.

Core Year 2 and 3: 18 units of advanced coursework topics, 9 units of research preparation and 45 units of doctoral research dissertation.

Dissertation: a 45-unit research dissertation is completed as part of the core Year 2 and 3 topics.

Your career

It is expected that upon graduation you will be able to undertake a variety of advanced professional roles in education and associated fields and to make an original and sustained contribution to knowledge in educational policy, management and practice.

Which department am I in?

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

CRICOS

024773A

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,000.00 (16,86,616) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023

Venue

Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,

BEDFORD PARK,

South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must: hold an approved undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution, hold a valid Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT) or North American Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), attend an interview. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE): Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking, 300 Reading, 300 Listening.

For international students

Applicants must normally:

  • hold an approved bachelor degree with honours class 1 or 2A from an approved tertiary institution or qualifications deemed equivalent by the University
  • have at least five years’ relevant work experience in education or an education related area, demonstrating seniority and expertise in their employment context (eg state and national education departments or education-related human service organisations)
  • be able to demonstrate commitment, innovation, and excellence in practice in their field.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing, 6.0 Reading, 6.0 Listening; TOEFL (Internet): 80 Overall with 18 Speaking, 22 Writing, 18 Reading, 18 Listening; Pearson PTE Academic: 58 Overall with 50 Speaking, 58 Writing, 50 Reading, 50 Listening; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): C

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Flinders University

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