Doctor of Education
This is a professional doctorate consisting of a combination of coursework units and a thesis. Practitioners most likely to benefit from this course include leaders and aspiring leaders in a wide variety of education services. Participants develop further content knowledge in cognate areas related to the kinds of career positions and pathways that they might pursue. Participants are encouraged to take up research questions germane to their career interests. Research studies conducted for the Doctor of Education should make a contribution to professional knowledge and practice.
This course is managed by Graduate Research School on behalf of the Graduate School of Education.
- Course title
- Doctor of Education
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- professional Doctorate by thesis and coursework
- not available in 2022 (will be offered in 2023)
- Administered by
- Graduate School of Education
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year only
- Attendance type
- full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 3 years
- Time limit
- 8 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth), Singapore
- Domestic fee type
- Available to international students
- Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Professor Simon Clarke
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
Note: This course is not available in 2022 (will be offered in 2023).
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2022;|
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised
Take all units (48 points):
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|NS||EDUC9970||Doctoral Research Project Plan (12 points)||25 hours (2/3 and 9/10 February, 2019)|
|NS||EDUC9971||Doctoral Research Scoping Project (12 points)||25 hours (15/16 and 22/23 June, 2019)|
|NS||EDUC9972||Doctoral Research Project Design (12 points)||offered in compressed mode of 25 hours|
|NS||EDUC9973||Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report (12 points)||compressed offering four days of intensive teaching|
Take unit(s) to the value of 96 points:
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|NS||EDUC9985||Doctoral Thesis (full-time) (96 points)||intensive supervision|
|NS||EDUC9986||Doctoral Thesis (part-time) (96 points)||intensive supervision|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
English Language competency requirements
3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
(ii) a master's degree of this University in a relevant field with an average of at least 70 per cent, and adequate research preparation as prescribed in University Policy, or equivalent as recognised by the University;
(2) A student who has completed the Master of Education Research Methods with an average mark of 65 per cent and with a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report is permitted to proceed to the Doctoral Thesis unit.
Admission ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.
10.(1) Except as set out in Rule 15, a student enrolled in the core units of the course who fails a unit is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the University, unless the Graduate Research School, on the advice of the Graduate School of Education, determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances.
(2) A student enrolled in the Doctoral Thesis unit who does not submit an annual report or whose annual report is not considered by the Graduate Research School, on the advice of the Graduate School of Education, to be satisfactory—
11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.
Award with distinction
14. The Graduate Research School may, in appropriate circumstances and on the advice of the Graduate School of Education, in appropriate circumstances, permit a student to complete the course at an institution approved by the Academic Board for all or part of the prescribed period of study.
[Approved exception to University Policy]
15.(1) To proceed to the Doctoral Thesis unit a student must achieve an average mark of at least 65 per cent in the core units of the course and a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report.
Repeating a unit
Substitution of coursework units
17. The Graduate Research School may, on the advice of the Graduate School of Education, permit the substitution of other units of doctoral or equivalent level and of equivalent value for any or all of the core units of the course.
(3) A student who has completed the Master of Education Research Methods with an average mark of at least 65 per cent and with a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report is credited with all core units of the course.
(4) Within the overall credit limit, credit may be granted on the basis of work completed in courses provided by professional providers or private educational institutions to a maximum value of 24 points but such credit will not be for either EDUC9970 Doctoral Research Project Plan or EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report.
(a) within six months of first enrolling in EDUC9985 Doctoral Thesis in the case of a full-time student;
(b) within nine months of first enrolling in EDUC9986 Doctoral Thesis in the case of a part-time student.
Annual progress report
(2) The supervisor must forward the annual progress report with their comments to the Graduate Research Coordinator (or Dean, where the Graduate Research Coordinator is also a supervisor) for approval.
Requirement for students enrolled in a transnational program
Approved leave (suspension of candidature)
23.(1) The Graduate Research School may, on the advice of the Graduate School of Education, grant a student a period of leave, called a suspension of candidature, for a specified period, or periods, which will not exceed one year throughout the duration of candidature.
(2) The Graduate Research School may, on the advice of the Graduate School of Education, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, approve an extension of the one-year maximum period of suspension.
[Approved addition to University Policy]
Minimum and maximum time limits
(2) Unless the Graduate Research School, on the advice of the Graduate School of Education, and in recognition of exceptional circumstances, grants an extension of time, a full-time student must submit the thesis within four years full-time equivalent from the date of first enrolment for the degree, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.