Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education is for teachers and educators with a strong background in research who wish to explore a specialised education topic in-depth. The program will lead to a professional doctoral qualification, enhancing career prospects in leadership, research and advisory roles. This degree is a four-year (or part-time equivalent) supervised independent research project resulting in a thesis that makes a significant original contribution to the field of study.


The Doctor of Philosophy in Education involves an in-depth research project and thesis conducted in one of the following specialisations: Adult and Vocational Education, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Information and Communication Technology in Education and Training (ICT), Literacy, Special Education or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Standard entry requirements

  • Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher
  • Research Masters with at least 2/3 of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+
  • Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+ or GPA 3.2 out of 4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered. Special Admission Requirements All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should: commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work
  • Contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course
  • And conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course. Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Wollongong Domestic: $110,976
International: $110,976

Further information

The NSW Health Dept requires all staff, including students undertaking clinical placements, in positions dealing with children and patients vulnerable by reason of health status to undergo a criminal record clearance prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW Health System. This clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police Service and will be coordinated by NSW Health following enrolment

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