Doctor of Education

School of Education, Sydney Campus

The Doctor of Education consists of four courses of study relating to research methodology and scholarly writing as well as a research component related to the education profession. The research component can either be a number of peer-reviewed research papers or a thesis. As a candidate, you will collect, analyse and interpret data in an area of education of interest to you.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Doctor of Education program at The University of Notre Dame Australia is designed for leaders in education, and aspiring leaders in the school, university and TAFE sectors. You will be admitted to the program only if you can demonstrate the potential to complete doctoral coursework and research, possess professional educational experience and have satisfactory research experience as determined by the Dean of the School of Education, Sydney.

    Over the period of your studies, you will collect, analyse and interpret data to answer research questions in an area of education of interest. You will be supervised by a team of at least two School of Education, Sydney lecturers. If your research component is by publication, the degree is awarded on the basis of four coursework courses and a portfolio of a minimum of four peer-reviewed journal articles. Alternatively. If your research component is by thesis the portfolio of journal articles will be replaced by a thesis of approximately 60,000 words.

  • Program summary

    Students will work as a group, with their supervisors, to identify research topics. Current research topics include:

    • Early childhood
    • Primary education
    • Secondary education
    • Students with special needs
    • Teenage students and the impact of spirituality in education
    • Gifted and talented education
    • Education and technology
    • Educational leadership
    • ICT and mobile learning
    • Religious education
    • Any other area of education approved by the Dean

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    Applicants to the Doctor of Education Award are expected to satisfy the following criteria:

    • Possession of a research Masters degree by thesis or dissertation appropriate to the professional field of the applicant; or
    • Possession of a Masters degree by coursework appropriate to the professional field of the applicant completed at a superior standard; or
    • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours (typically 1st Class or Class 2A Honours level or equivalent); or
    • Possession of a Master of Philosophy; or
    • In exceptional circumstances, an equivalent academic or professional background that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at Doctoral level.

    An applicant may be required to satisfy the Dean of the School of the ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing the program of study.

    In addition to the academic criteria listed above, applicants are normally expected to satisfy the following:

    • have a minimum of 3 years of relevant professional practice;
    • have the support of an industry or professional mentor.
  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The Research Training Program (RTP) provides block grants to support students who are undertaking a Higher Degree by Research such as a Research Doctorate or Research Masters degree. You will receive support for a maximum of two years for a Research Masters and a maximum of four years for a Research Doctorate degree. Your offer will specify for which purpose(s) your grant may be used. This may include offset of your tuition fees, as a stipend for general living costs or as an allowance related to the ancillary cost of research degrees.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • More information

    Before submitting an application, please contact our Research Office to check admissions deadlines and arrange a discussion with a suitably qualified member of staff via email on

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