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All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Expressions of Interest for the Doctor of Education are currently open to domestic candidates only.

Doctor of Education

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career in education, and passionate about educational and social inclusion, educational policy issues, technological developments and workforce improvements in education and training, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a Doctor of Education.

The demand for education professionals is growing. Our world is becoming increasingly complex and connected, and at UniSA we understand that education is the key to unlocking the human potential required to navigate the future.  

In our Doctor of Education, you will be mentored by senior researchers who are experts in their field and join a vibrant and innovative research environment. You will be based in one of our well-connected and well-equipped research centres – UniSA’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L), or the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion (CRESI) which bring together experts from across education and learning.

Both of our Centres have long-standing track records in applied research with industry and end-users. You will join a Centre that is focused on responding to real-world issues and developing novel solutions to emerging challenges.

There is a growing demand for education professionals in the field of learning technologies and equity, and this research degree at UniSA will provide you with the specialist knowledge required to meet that demand, become an expert in your field, and lead the future of education.

What you’ll do

In a UniSA Doctor of Education you’ll complete coursework and present a portfolio for examination. The portfolio will consist of three supervised, small-scale research projects, and a thesis (meta-analysis) which incorporates a major analysis of the projects. 

The coursework will give you the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge base. Through critical and systematic study of the practices of inquiry and current educational policy contexts, you will develop understandings of how to design and implement research in and/or for the workplace.

In the research component of the degree, you’ll engage in your projects, under the supervision of expert mentors. You’ll develop three related but independent research studies which address issues related to professional knowledge and practice. 

You will formulate researchable questions, develop a proposal that links the three projects, and identify methodological approaches and appropriate methods to meet standards for research. You’ll then critically analyse data and report on findings and use the research to generate new knowledge about professional practice. 

There are many opportunities for you to develop your professional network, contribute to high-quality academic and industry publications, and attend and present your work at conferences. With the new academic knowledge that you produce in curriculum and pedagogical innovation, you will be able to confidently contribute to and advance national debates around Australian curriculum, teacher and leader standards. 

Upon completion, you will have a honed research capacity and leadership capability in your area of expertise. The skills you acquire and apply through your project-based research degree will prepare you to be a leader in your field, with practical experience and skills in this area.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in UniSA Educations Futures, in one of our world-class research centres – either at our Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) or the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion (CRESI).

CRESI is committed to creating a society that fosters educational and social inclusion and addresses barriers of understanding and respect for children and young people’s diversity, while C3L aims to study how learning analytics can support social learning processes and improve learning outcomes across the education sector. 

Supervisory Team

Research students at UniSA are supervised by a team of experts who will support you as you complete your research.  Supervisory teams can also include experts from other disciplines, and end-user (external) advisors, as appropriate for the research you conduct.  Your supervisory team may include academic members of our Research Centres (check ‘People’ on the following sites):

Financial Support

A fee offset for the standard term of the Doctor of Education is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. 

In some circumstances stipend (living allowance) scholarships may be available, although these are very limited.  International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver.

Any Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant who holds an offer of admission without a living allowance will be eligible for the Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship. This scholarship is to the value of $45,076 per annum.

Eligibility and Selection

Expressions of Interest for the Doctor of Education are currently open to domestic candidates only. If you are an international candidate that requires a scholarship, we recommend that you browse some of our currently available research projects with varying stipends for international candidates. New projects are added regularly, so if you don’t see a project that interests you, please complete our Project Based Research Degree Expression of Interest form, and you'll be notified when new projects are listed.

Individuals considering registering their interest for the Doctor of Education should review the eligibility criteria.  Additionally, applicants for this program should normally show that they have at least five years’ experience of practice in their relevant field, normally within the last ten years.

Express your Interest

Interested in completing a Doctor of Education?  Please email us, including:

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If you wish to develop your own project please review our guidelines and contact the Graduate Research Admissions team if you have any questions. 

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