Doctor of Education


The Doctor of Education is an advanced professional doctorate for experienced professionals with educational responsibilities.

You will carry out advanced academic and professional study which has direct relevance to your professional role.

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Entry requirements

  • A masters degree or equivalent in the discipline of education or a cognate field relevant to the proposed area of study, with at least an H2A (75%) average over the course
  • A documented record of at least five full-time equivalent years of professional or teaching experience in a field relevant to the proposed area of study
  • Evidence of capacity to undertake research (such evidence may be the completion of a research masters thesis, producing a sustained policy document, conference presentations, articles in professional or academic journals, etc).

International students must also meet English language requirements.

Course structure

The first part of the Doctor of Education is 100 points of coursework. This will prepare you for the thesis stage. You will complete four doctoral-level subjects (each 25 points) covering crucial aspects such as research design, research methodology and reviewing the literature. These subjects have specific enrolment and commencement dates throughout the year.

The second stage consists of a 55,000 word doctoral thesis in your chosen field.

Completion of the Doctor of Education normally takes three years of full-time study or six years part-time. The coursework normally takes one year full-time (two years part-time) to complete and the thesis takes two years full-time (or four years part-time).

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Doctor of Education.

We also advise you consult the Graduate Research hub guides to find out about:

  • research training policies and resources
  • research guidelines
  • candidature and candidature variations
  • thesis examination.

How to apply

Application closing dates

There are two major selection rounds during the year. New applications can be submitted at any time, however only complete applications submitted by the closing dates below will be considered in each round.

Please note: meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission into the course as entry to candidature is very competitive.

Semester 2, 2017

Applications for all graduate research degrees close: 18 April 2017.

Semester 1, 2018

Applications for Doctor of Education and Master of Educational Psychology/PhD (combined degree) close: 31 August 2017.

Applications for all other graduate research degrees close: 16 October 2017.

We recommend you submit your application at least four weeks before the closing date to allow adequate time for any additional documents to be provided.

Application process

Applications for graduate research degrees are submitted online.

  1. Read the application information on the Future Students website.
  2. Complete the online application form by following the prompts and submit. You are required to provide a research proposal as part of your application (proposal requirements are outlined below).
  3. You will receive an email from Graduate Research (GR) Admissions confirming whether your application is complete or incomplete. Please check this email carefully for any additional documentation required and expected processing times.

If you have any questions about how to complete or submit your application, please contact GR Admissions at

Research proposal

You are required to provide an extended research proposal as part of your application. Research proposals need to be 1,500 words for PhD applications and 1,000 words for all other graduate research degrees.

They must succinctly address the following points under separate headings:

  1. Rationale for and aims of study: what is the proposed topic of your study and why is it important? What does your study want to achieve? What could be your potential research questions?
  2. Key concepts and theories: briefly discuss key academic concepts and theories informing your study.
  3. Approach and methodology: provide a brief overview of the approach and/or methodology you intend to use in your study.
  4. Rationale for coming to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education: include suggestions for two or three prospective supervisors, and provide a brief explanation of how these supervisors could contribute to your research project. You do not need to provide evidence that these supervisors have agreed to support your project. Please note that at least one of these prospective supervisors should also be listed in the “preferred supervisors” section of the online application form.
  5. Bibliography: list up to ten key references for your project.


Scholarship applications should be lodged online as part of your graduate research degree application. Current graduate research students can apply for scholarships via their Student Portal.

Visit financial support and scholarships to see available scholarships.

For more information about eligibility, selection and indicative competitive score for scholarships, visit how are graduate research scholarships awarded?

Application outcome

All correspondence regarding your application will be by email. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email explaining how you can accept your place.

Semester 2, 2017

Outcomes for all graduate research degrees: June 2017.