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 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.

CQUniversity's research focus and engaged research agenda are already making positive impacts on individuals, communities and industries across the world. In the coming years, this impact will continue to grow, expanding into new focus areas and transforming the way we think about current challenges. The University's research impact is apparent in improved industry processes, regional and economic development, business improvement, productivity and innovation, social advancement and equity and healthier communities.

CQUniversity's research agenda is built around deep engagement with communities, industries and government. The focus is firmly placed on delivering research that is especially relevant to the Northern Australia region. To deliver great research that is meaningful and relevant, researchers work directly with stakeholders to identify challenges and deliver solutions. End users are involved throughout our research projects. This approach ensures CQUniversity's research delivers direct benefit and long-lasting impact.

CQUniversity has two research institutes – The Appleton Institute and the Institute for Future Farming Systems – and seven research centres including The Centre of Indigenous Health Equity Research, Centre for Intelligent

Systems, Centre for Railway Engineering, Centre for Research in Equity and Advancement of Teaching and Education, Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre.

Our focus has been to emphasise research with relevance to the region, involving aspects of regional development, growth in resource industries, environmental management, issues associated with quality health care in rural and regional communities, and education delivery specifically through the use of modern technology.

Discover our research strengths at CQU.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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. CQUni is generous to their students and this made my study feasible.

Do Van Huong

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