Doctor of Education - CQ16

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a doctoral course of supervised research and research tasks designed for professional practitioners/educators, comprising structured research tasks; proposal development, and a thesis component.


On Campus, Online




4 years full-time, 8 years part-time


Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Distance, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville


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



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.

Core Units 3 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

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

Candidates will complete a series of four research preparation tasks including one coursework unit, prior to submitting their Confirmation of Candidature portfolio, and then moving on to their program of research and dissertation writing.

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CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 2 - 2023Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 3 - 2023Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online

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.

Security Requirements

Not applicable

Health Requirements

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

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

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.

Use the cost per unit spreadsheet to estimate your tuition fees for this course. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees

Pursuing your research higher degree at CQU is more affordable than you think. You may be eligible for stipends and scholarships to reduce costs, plus you can access project and conference financial support. For more information, visit the research higher degree fee page.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). Other study costs

CQUniversity offers a strong sense of research community, as well as generous project funding, training and support so that you can thrive as a researcher.

CQUniversity is committed to supporting you academically throughout your research journey, providing a range of benefits including multiple supervisors, mentorship, access to RHD Academies and more.

As a Research Higher Degree student at CQUniversity, you may benefit from our scholarship opportunities which include living stipends, allowance scholarships, and tuition waivers. A research scholarship or stipend could help you pay for some or all of your tuition fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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