Doctor of Education

Flinders University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00114A

The Doctor of Education provides candidates with advanced and specialist studies enabling them to develop advanced skills and knowledge to undertake a variety of advanced professional roles in education. It is expected that graduates of this award will be able to integrate and apply the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge that are required to progress education policy, management and practice. The course also enables candidates to make an original, sustained contribution to knowledge in education policy, management and practice through a major research dissertation and to develop an advanced understanding of politics and ethics of education policy, research and management.

Designed for

Mid-career employees with a master degree and who wish to pursue doctoral studies


The Doctor of Education is a 108-unit research higher degree, comprising 27 units of doctoral coursework topics and 81 units of research incorporating a 45 unit dissertation


  • Education

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree with Honours Class 1 or 2A from an approved tertiary institution or qualifications deemed equivalent by the Faculty Board
  • And have at least five years' relevant work experience in education or an education-related area, demonstrating seniority and expertise in their employment context (e.g. state and national education departments or education-related human service organisations)
  • And can demonstrate commitment, innovation, and excellence in practice in their field The Faculty Board, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. Such persons must present evidence to the satisfaction of the Faculty Board of their suitability for doctoral studies (e.g. evidence of producing peer reviewed publications or as an investigator on a competitive grant). Any applicant who is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy at Flinders University, and who wishes to undertake the Doctor of Education will be considered on a case by case basis. In determining whether admission will be offered, the Faculty's Research Higher Degrees Committee will consider how the student could draw upon his/her practical experience to theorise and research the educational questions which are posed throughout the Doctor of Education, in addition to considering whether the applicant meets the normal admission criteria. Note: Qualifications deemed equivalent to a Bachelor degree with Honours Class 1 or 2A, include a Masters degree with a research component, completed within the last ten years, with a grade point average of Credit or better.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
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  • Part-time : 6 years
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Full-time : 3 years

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