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Doctor of Education

Program Description

The Doctor of Education is a program of supervised research and study that may be undertaken in a range of possible fields. Your research will lead to the submission of a thesis, which makes a significant original contribution to knowledge. This contribution can be in the form of new knowledge, or of significant and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. The program is governed by the Program Rules for Masters Degrees by Research, which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis.

Doctor of Education

Duration 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Intake Dates March; July
Mode of Study On-Campus; Distance
Domestic Availability  BrisbaneMelbourneNoosaSydneyBundabergEmeraldGladstoneMackayRockhamptonDistance Education 
International Availability  BrisbaneNoosaSydneyBundabergGladstoneMackayRockhampton
CRICOS 075084D

 International students residing in Australia on a student visa must study full-time on-campus.

Why Study at CQUniversity

At CQUniversity, our Education programs are innovative and unique in their approach to learning.  They are designed for 21st century learning and are considered to be among the best education programs available in Queensland.  So whether you are looking to start your career or widen and improve your employment prospects, CQUniversity can help you to achieve your goals.

Our programs have been developed in partnership with leading educational authorities, ensuring they are current and relevant to the needs of today's market.  Some of our programs also include professional work placements ensuring you are given the opportunity to put the theory learned into practice so that you have all the necessary practical skills, as well as knowledge, to succeed in your chosen field.

We also offer great flexibility in the delivery of our programs, and staff who are respected leaders in their fields.  In fact, many of our education staff are active researchers in education practice, workplace experiences and school-based curriculum, and are at the forefront of current industry practice.  Some are actively involved in curriculum design for the future.  Above all, every member of our staff is committed to guiding and supporting you throughout your learning journey.

There are several specialisations offered in our education programs, including early childhood education, primary education and secondary and vocational education and training.  Whatever program you choose, at CQUniversity we can help to make a real difference to your career and life.

So take advantage of the benefits we offer – a supportive environment, flexible programs and experienced staff – and let CQUniversity provide you with a personal passport to professional success.

Entry Requirements

You may be permitted to enrol for the degree if you:

  • Have not less than five years of professional experience in business
  • Have fulfilled such other requirements as the committee may determine from time to time, and
  • If you have qualified for the degree of Master of Education (Research), a coursework Masters degree or Bachelor of Learning Management with a minimum of Honours 2A at CQUniveristy Australia


  • Have other qualifications and experience as are considered by the committee to be equivalent to, or an adequate substitute for, any of the qualifications listed above.

Career Opportunities

A higher degree by research is usually required for an academic career or a professional career in research.  Many other discipline-specific employment opportunities exist as employers recognise the skills developed through a degree by research program are widely applicable in the workplace.

Program Structure

The program will normally be undertaken by candidates through full-time study over 4 years or part-time study over 8 years.

Candidates will complete four research oriented tasks in consultation with their supervisor prior to submitting their research proposal.  Candidates are also required to defend their research proposal to a Doctor of Education panel prior to progressing to the thesis component.

Course Information

For example courses you could study as part of the Doctor of Education program please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of course availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding course information regarding your specific application.