Doctor of Education [Research]
What to expect
How to apply
JCU Education PhD graduates can pursue roles in education management, government departments, or community development.
This is a professional doctorate by research. It offers advanced study for experienced professionals in education and related fields and caters for people in, or aspiring to, leadership roles in educational settings.
- identifying a research topic (a theoretical or practical issue of educational significance),
- designing and carrying out a research project to investigate that issue, and
- writing a substantial thesis that discusses relevant literature, the perspective and methodology adopted in the research, and the findings and significance of the research.
Your research topic
To be eligible for entry, applicants must have attained at least one of the following:
a) a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class, Division A (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade;
b) a postgraduate qualification which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;
c) a Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent;
d) enrolment at this or another Australian university in a higher degree by research for the equivalent of at least 0.5 EFTSL with demonstrated satisfactory performance in the supervised research component(s);
e) a combination of qualifications, research training and experience, considered equivalent to the above by the Dean of the College to which the Candidate is applying, e.g., senior authorship of at least one peer-reviewed publication plus completion of an appropriate research methods subject.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Doctor of Education [Research]
Doctorate by Research (AQF level 10)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Additional selection requirements
Applicants must have practised in education or a related field approved by the Head of Education for a minimum of three years.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates
RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates
RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates
PD7007:00 Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Education)
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)
Confirmation of candidature
Subsumption of coursework subjects
Maximum credit points of coursework subjects
21 credit points of non-core coursework subjects
Allowed coursework subjects
As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School
A person admitted to candidature on the basis of previous enrolment in a research Masters degree relevant to the proposed Doctoral program, may be given credit for work towards the Masters degree. In exceptional cases credit may be given to a candidate for relevant research work undertaken at another university.
The amount of credit to be awarded shall be determined by the RESC on the recommendation of the Academic Head.
The University will not normally accept a candidate who has been enrolled at another institution for more than two years (full-time equivalent) or release a candidate who has been enrolled for more than two years (full-time equivalent).
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION
Inclusion of field of research on testamur
The field of research shall not appear on the testamur.
Exit with a lesser award
After examination of the thesis and subject to the requirements under HDR Degree Requirements, the RESC may approve the degree be not awarded but that the candidate be awarded an appropriate Masters degree.
Domestic students are not charged tuition fees for JCU’s Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Other charges may apply.
Applicants must have practised in education or a related field approved by the Head of School of Education for a minimum of three years.