Curtin University

Doctor of Philosophy - Education

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
CRICOS: 00301J

Doctoral Degrees prepares students to acquire a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills to advance learning and/or professional practice corresponding to AQF level 10 qualifications.The Doctor of Philosophy is the University's research award and is the standard pre-requisite for a career in research or academia, A PhD comprises an independent, supervised research project mutually agreed upon by the student, their supervisors and the Head of School. The PhD requires the development and implementation of a rigorous research plan, based on a competitive understanding of the relevant literature and the need for answers to questions posed in that literature as a result of new theory. Students will need to successfully achieve candidacy within the subscribed time period (6 months) as a first stage of the program. They will also be required to enrol in and pass an initial proposal preparation coursework unit and other units as indicated at enrolment.


Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages:


  • It is a requirement that at least two-thirds of this course is undertaken by research and the remainder by coursework. There are three successive phases in this program: (i) four approved doctoral level coursework units are undertaken, (including a compulsory research proposal preparation unit in research methods and proposal writing culminating in the presentation and defence of a research proposal)
  • and (ii) a dissertation or series of scholarly papers that report supervised research in an applied area of education or training. It is envisaged that most students entering this program will be in full-time employment and so will pursue their studies part-time. Integration of a student's coursework and research with the needs and directions of their workplace is therefore encouraged. Before being permitted to begin their research component students need to complete candidacy requirements as specified in Curtin Higher Degree regulations. The thesis follows Rule 10: Degree of Doctor by Research. The purpose of the compulsory research proposal preparation unit is to help students develop their proposals prior to application for the granting of candidacy

Standard entry requirements

Applicants for a Doctoral Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards. Applicants require a Master Degree (Research) or Bachelor Honours Degree (first or second class) or a high standard in either a Master Degree (Coursework) or Bachelor Degree with a Graduate Diploma (or equivalent).

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Curtin Perth International: $145,600 No
  • Full-time : 4 years

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