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  • Focus on applied investigation and problem solving, and make a contribution to research in the field of education.
  • Be supported by study workshops to refine the methodology and design of your thesis.
  • Complete an initial coursework component followed by a thesis.
QUT course code ED11
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start month 2019 January
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact Faculty of Education - Office of Education Research
CRICOS code 015023C

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The Doctor of Education (EdD) focuses on applied investigation and problem solving rather than on a contribution to pure research or to theoretical knowledge. This professional doctorate, comprising coursework units and a thesis, is oriented towards enhancing professional practice and focuses on the professional development of practitioners involved in some aspect of education.


This course has an initial coursework component followed by a thesis. In January of your first semester, you attend a one-week, on-campus study school to complete the Interdisciplinary Education Studies unit.

Subsequent study schools, during which you work on the methodology and design of your thesis, are held on campus in the second and third semesters of your enrolment (in June/July and the following January).

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

  • A completed recognised four-year honours Class IIA degree in education; or
  • a masters degree in education or in a field relevant to the professional doctorate in education with a minimum GPA of 5.00 on QUT's 7 point scale; and
  • Two years' practice in a position of professional responsibility in education or a closely related field.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $24,600 per year full-time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are normally covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic), as long as you complete your degree within the program's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTP.

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Doctor of Education

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

To complete your application, you'll need to:

  • check you meet the entry requirements
  • look at our research areas
  • agree on a supervisor and research topic with your faculty
  • check costs and scholarships
  • write your research proposal
  • gather your supporting documents.

Follow our step-by-step applying guide to make sure your application meets all the criteria.

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