CQ16 - Doctor of Education
At a glance
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.
|Study modes||On-Campus, Online|
|Availability||Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Noosa, Sydney, Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Perth, Rockhampton, Townsville, Online Study|
|Duration||4 years full-time, 8 years part-time|
|Intake dates||March, July, November|
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.
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 Course Rules for Masters Degrees by Research, which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis.
Why Study Education at CQUniversity
At CQUniversity, our Education courses 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 courses 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 courses 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 courses 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 courses, 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 courses, including early childhood education, primary education and secondary and vocational education and training. Whatever course 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 courses and experienced staff – and let CQUniversity provide you with a personal passport to professional success.
Structure and assessment
The course 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.
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If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.
Credit transfer information
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.
You may be permitted to enrol for the degree if you:
- Have not less than five years of professional experience in education
- 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.
Fees and scholarships
Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered
- Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
- domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
- international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.
In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.
Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.
PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.
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Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.
How to Apply
You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.
CQUniversity Australia offers a range of Research Higher Degree programs to meet your needs.
Unlike coursework study, a Research Higher Degree typically does not follow a structure of lectures, tutorials, assessment items and examinations. A research higher degree is a program of supervised research and study leading to the preparation and submission of a thesis.
An application for Admission to a Research Higher Degree at CQUniversity may be submitted at any time throughout the year.
You can apply to study a research higher degree by visiting our CQUni International Web page. To do so,
- Follow this link
You can apply to study a research higher degree by visiting our CQUni Handbook. To do so,
- Enter the name of the Course you wish to study into the search field here
- Select the Apply Now button.
The Research Higher Degrees Course Guide (available here) provides detailed information about Eligibility, benefits provided by CQUniversity, and the Application, selection and offer process.
The Research Higher Degrees Course Rules Policy and Procedure includes information about qualifications for admission, supervision, responsibilities, and attendance at the University. The Policy and Procedure can be accessed here.
Should you require any assistance please contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email via http://contactus.cqu.edu.au.
Frequently Asked Questions
Research Higher Degree applications may be submitted at any time of the year. The commencement date for candidature will be negotiated between the candidate and the University, and may be reliant on resources or supervisor availability.
The Research Higher Degree online application process begins with an Expression of Interest which asks you to select your course, campus/study mode and provide a brief description of your proposed research topic.
Following receipt of your EOI your application will be assessed for availability of supervision. A proposed supervisor may contact you via email to discuss your proposed topic, assist you to develop a research proposal, and determine availability of resources and alignment with the University’s research priority areas.
You may then be invited to submit a full application for admission. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant
Depending on the outcome of your application, you may be made an offer to study at CQUniversity. You will be advised on the outcome of your application admission via email, generally within fourteen days from receipt of your full application. If you choose to accept your offer you must commence your candidature within six months from the Offer date.
An applicant who does not meet the Entry Requirements for a Research Higher Degree may be offered a place in a lower level research higher degree and/or required to complete prescribed units prior to or concurrent with admission to the course.
International applicants or domestic applicants with educational qualifications from an institution that does not instruct in English may be required to present evidence of English language proficiency, prior to admission being granted.
Pursuing your research higher degree at CQUniversity is more affordable thank you think. You can benefit from a range of stipends and scholarships, as well as access to training and other study resources. For more information view our fees and resources section.
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