Course overview

The Doctor of Education (DEd) is an advanced professional doctorate for experienced professionals with educational responsibilities. Carefully designed to parallel their regular work, the course enables experienced educators to carry out advanced academic and professional study which has direct relevance to their professional role. Completion normally requires a combination of coursework and a 55,000 word thesis, which comprises a substantial piece of original research. Visit the Doctor of Education website

What you will learn

The PhD thesis evidences your authority and command of knowledge in relevant fields in an international context. The work shows that you have a thorough grasp of the appropriate methodological techniques – and an awareness of their limitations.

Course structure

Three years full time, six years part time

  1. Coursework: one year full-time (two years part time, minimum 25 credit points per semester during coursework component)
  2. Research: two years full time (four years part time)
  • Stage 1: 100 points of coursework comprising 4 x 25-point doctoral-level subjects, which cover research design, research methodology and reviewing the literature. These subjects have specific enrolment and commencement dates throughout the year.
  • Stage 2: completion of a 55 000 word doctoral thesis in your chosen field

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

Graduate Research hub

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

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).

English Language Criteria

International students must also meet English language requirements.

How to apply

 You can apply directly via University of Melbourne application form 


4 years full time, 8 years part time

Starting dates

February, July

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 051658B