Doctor of Education

Duration4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Adelaide and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCQ16


The Doctor of Education is a course 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 course is governed by the Research Higher Degree Course Rules, which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination.

The Research Higher Degrees Course Guide provides detailed information about eligibility, benefits provided by CQUniversity, and the application, selection and offer process.

  • Vietnamese researcher Do Van Huong
    I received the Australia Awards Scholarship, as well as additional research funds, enabling me to purchase laboratory chemicals and to attend domestic and international conferences. CQU is generous to their students and this made my study feasible.

    Do Van Huong

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) I Vietnam

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 course are widely applicable in the workplace.

Structure & Availability


The course will normally be undertaken by candidates through full-time study over 4 years or up to 8 years for part-time study.

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.


For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Distance, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 2, 2024Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Distance, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 3, 2024Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Distance, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.


Recommended study

The Doctor of Education is a program of research and study, undertaken independently and with guidance from two academic supervisors.

IELTS Academic: 6.5 with no individual band score of less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet-based: Overall score of 79 with no score less than 21

Pearson Test of English Academic: Overall score of 62 with no score less than 54

A person may be considered for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Education if the person:

· has not less than five years of professional experience in education;

· has fulfilled such other requirements as the Committee may determine from time to time; and

· has qualified for the degree of Master of Education (Research), a coursework Masters degree; or

· has been awarded the Bachelor of Learning Management with a minimum of Honours IIA at CQUniversity; or

· has such 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.

Not applicable

Not applicable

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term FeeA$14,814
International Indicative First Year FeeA$29,628

Please refer to our international course fees page.

Pursuing your research higher degree at CQUniversity is more affordable than you think. You can benefit from a range of stipends and scholarships, as well as access to training and other study resources. Visit our research for international students for more information.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.