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Unit Overview


This unit can be taken full-time or part-time. A written research proposal must be submitted with the consent of the supervisors. The proposal must be presented orally to a research panel convened by the supervisors. The final proposal must be approved by the Human Rights and 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.

96 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodSingaporeFace to face

Students develop a research proposal; make a successful oral presentation of the proposal; complete the research study described in the proposal; and present a thesis of 70,000 words (maximum length).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a proposal presented to a research panel (written and oral); and (2) 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 Simon Clarke
Unit rules
EDUC9970 Doctoral Research Project Plan.
EDUC9971 Doctoral Research Scoping Project.
EDUC9972 Doctoral Research Project Design
and EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report.
an average mark of at least 65 per cent over the four coursework units and at least 65 per cent for EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report
Contact hours
intensive supervision
The full-time unit is not available offshore.
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  • 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.