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Unit Overview


This unit can be taken full-time. A written research proposal must be submitted with the consent of the supervisors to the Advisory Panel. The proposal must be presented orally to a research panel convened by the supervisors. The final proposal must be approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee before data collection can proceed.

The thesis for the Doctor of Education is normally presented in typescript format. It should provide a comprehensive study of the topic under consideration and make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge. It should also be oriented to improving professional practice by extending theoretical bases to their practical implementation in education.

144 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) complete the research study described in the proposal and (2) present a thesis of 70,000 words.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: the thesis of 70,000 words is examined by three examiners external to the University. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Vaille Dawson
Unit rules
Completion of all Doctor of Education coursework units with a weighted average mark of at least 70%.
EDUC9985 Doctoral Thesis (full-time), EDUC9986 Doctoral Thesis (part-time)
Contact hours
intensive supervision
The full-time unit is not available offshore.

Students will be required to achieve 144 in total for this unit.
The achievable credit points for this unit will show as zero points on transcripts for each semester. The final semesters achievable credit points will be amended to 144 points for completion.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.