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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education is for teachers and educators with a strong background in research who wish to explore a specialised education topic in-depth. The program will lead to a professional doctoral qualification, enhancing career prospects in leadership, research and advisory roles.

This degree is a four-year (or part-time equivalent) supervised independent research project resulting in a thesis that makes a significant original contribution to the field of study.

What you will study

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education involves an in-depth research project and thesis conducted in one of the following specialisations: Adult and Vocational Education, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Information and Communication Technology in Education and Training (ICT), Literacy, Special Education or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Education is home to leading academics specialising in a broad range of areas within education. Education researchers lead strengths such as the Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Impact (CHERII), Interdisciplinary Discourses Analysis in Education, Arts and Social Sciences (IDEAS), Play, pedagogy and curriculum in contemporary theory and practice (within Early Start Research) and the Pedagogical Laboratory for Physical Education and Sport. The School also has a long history of interdisciplinary and transformational research supporting the development of individuals, organisations and communities.

The UOW Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities has a strong track record in research across a broad range of disciplines. Our passionate and engaged scholars provide a rich environment for the continued development of theoretical and interdisciplinary research.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$27,744.00 (15,26,073) per year
AUD $110,976 for the entire course; Session fee: AUD $13,872

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

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023, 24 July 2023


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

4 year Undergraduate degree with GPA 3 out of 4.

For international students

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher; Research Masters with at least ? of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+; Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+ or GPA 3.2 out of 4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered.
Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 18, writing 18, listening 17, speaking 17; PTE Academic overall score of 62 All bands 54

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


About University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students