PhDs and research degrees

As a research student in our faculty you will be supervised by some of the best researchers in the education field in a world-class research environment. Our accredited supervisors include internationally recognised academics who are widely referenced.

You'll also be supported by our comprehensive research development and training framework, including academic writing, conference funding and publication support.

Research degrees

  • Master of Philosophy (Education): develop the skills you need to plan and write your thesis. This is the ideal course if you are a beginner researcher.
  • Doctor of Education: this course is suitable for you if you've acquired knowledge and practical skills in your professional capacity, and you want to investigate an area of your expertise in depth.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education): choose this course if you want to make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge in your field.

You can complete your thesis in one of a number of formats, including thesis by monograph, thesis by publication and thesis by creative work.

Scholarships and funding

Each year we award a number of scholarships to outstanding applicants as part of the QUT annual scholarship round, which closes on 30 September.

In particular, we seek applications from students who want to research in our areas of strength, as represented by our research groups. Whatever your academic history and background, check and see if there are scholarships you can apply for.

What can I research?

Our academics have extensive experience supervising across a range of topics and fields of study.

See if our research areas match up with your research interests. If you want to investigate one of these areas, find out how to apply for a PhD or research masters degree at QUT.

Childhoods in changing contexts

Our research in this area is conducted by our Childhood in Changing Contexts Research Group.

Children as active citizens

  • Learning for active citizenship, sustainability, and social justice
  • The arts in children's learning and wellbeing
  • Cultural and multilingual contexts and childhoods

Children with special health care needs in ECEC

  • Communication in early childhood contexts
  • Cultural and intercultural competence in ECEC
  • Fostering parent involvement in culturally and linguistically diverse settings
  • Transitions to school and other educational settings for children from culturally and linguistically diverse settings
  • Early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce

Leadership in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce

  • Preparing and sustaining the ECEC workforce


  • Evaluation of early childhood, school-based or parenting interventions, programs, policies, practices, and initiatives

Teacher education and professional learning

Our research in this area is conducted by our Teacher Education and Professional Learning Research Group.

Teacher education

  • Ensuring classroom readiness in teacher education
  • Professional learning for quality teaching
  • Regional, rural and remote education
  • International comparative studies of teacher education: Policy and practice

Responding to external agencies

  • Standards and accreditation reform in initial teacher education
  • Understanding evidence of impact: methodologies linking initial teacher education to teacher performance
  • Professionalism, professional standards, policy, accreditation, impact

Teaching for social justice and diversity

  • Teaching to ensure academic achievement for English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) students
  • Social justice in initial teacher education and/or professional learning: Classroom-ready teachers for diverse and disadvantaged communities

Professional and practice-based learning

  • Professional experience in initial teacher education
  • Evaluating professional learning partnerships designed to support early career teachers

Literacies, language, texts and technologies

Our research in this area is conducted by our Literacies, Language, Texts and Technologies Research Group.

Literacy practices (early childhood, primary, secondary and higher education)

  • Grammar, reading and writing pedagogies
  • Content-area or curriculum literacies
  • Literacy curriculum, policy and school reform
  • Critical literacies
  • Language and sociology of education
  • Literacies and philosophy
  • Literature and e-literature for children and adolescents

Digital literacies, media and multimodality

  • Visual culture and image theory
  • Media and digital arts
  • Mobile digital media
  • Literacies and artificial intelligence
  • Multiliteracies
  • Arts education
  • Socio-material approaches
  • Blended learning
  • Information literacy
  • Connected learning
  • Online learning

Language and difference

  • Literacy and poverty/economic disadvantage
  • Minority or urban communities of practice
  • Transnational literacies
  • Intercultural capacity
  • Private tutoring, supplementary education
  • Critical language awareness and critical applied linguistics
  • Representation of diverse sexualities
  • Language and identities

STEM education

Our research in this area is conducted by our STEM Education Research Group.

  • STEM integration in schools and classrooms
  • Numeracy in Special Education
  • Indigenous education in STEM
  • Improving student engagement with science
  • STEM education in VET for future employment
  • Emotions in STEM learning
  • STEM learning communities
  • Engineering education
  • Computational thinking including coding
  • Robotics education
  • Learning spaces and technology
  • STEM and student diversity
  • Teaching and learning in Higher Education STEM courses
  • Mathematics learning in the early years
  • Earth and Environmental Science Education
  • STEM and Entrepreneurialism education

Student engagement, learning and behaviour

Our research in this area is conducted by our Student Engagement, Learning and Behaviour Research Group.

Inclusive learning environments

  • Investigating the prevalence of, reasons for and alternatives to informal suspension and restrictive practices in Australian schools
  • How inclusive is the use of new technologies in education? Investigating BYOD and app use in Queensland schools
  • What impact does the requirement that girls wear skirts or dresses as school uniform have on the physical, social and academic wellbeing of adolescent school girls?

Student engagement, teacher-student relationships and classroom interactions

  • Does teacher-student relationship quality affect parent-teacher interaction and/or parent-school partnerships?

Curriculum, learning experiences and differentiation

  • Improving senior secondary school achievement outcomes for students with ADHD and Developmental Language Disorder
  • What impact, if any, is technological disruption, automation and AI having on young peoples’ future decision-making?

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Support for research students

You will be supervised by the best researchers in the education field. Among our accredited supervisors, we have internationally recognised academics who've published books, journal articles and government reports, which are widely referenced. Many of our researchers edit national and international education journals.

Our research students are supported by a variety of services, including:

  • a comprehensive program of face-to-face and online training and development opportunities
  • opportunities to receive international exposure for your research findings through the QUT Digital Repository
  • research support funding
  • domestic and international conference financial support
  • desk and computer for full-time students
  • short-term laptop loan
  • photocopying, limited stationery items, telephone and fax for project-related activities.


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    Victoria Park Rd
    Kelvin Grove

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