Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

Education and Social Work

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research University, and the Faculty of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in the humanities, human services and related fields offering an outstanding range of innovative research courses.

The Doctor of Philosphy (PhD) in Education is normally completed over 4 years full-time and students undertake supervised research in one of the Faculty's research areas. Candidates complete a thesis for examination of 80,000 words.

Further course information and outcomes

Study plan

This research degree is normally completed full-time over four years. Candidates complete a probationary year, at the end of which you must submit an extended thesis proposal for presentation to your thesis committee for approval. This proposal should be 8000-10,000 words and include a critical review of relevant literature and an outline of the student's proposed methodology. The final decision regarding acceptance of the thesis proposal rests with the student's thesis committee. If, in the opinion of the committee, a candidate has not met all the conditions of their probation (including coursework, where indicated), they will be required to change candidature to the MPhil degree.

At the end of the PhD candidature, examination is by presentation of a thesis, the normal length of which is about 80,000 words.

Pathway A entry probationary year
In addition to preparing an extended thesis proposal for the approval of their thesis committee, candidates entering to the degree via Pathway A will complete specific units aimed at enhancing their research methodology. Education PhD candidates are required to enrol in EDPZ5003 Thesis Proposal Writing and at least one research unit from the following list:
EDPK5001 Qualitative Methods
EDPK5002 Quantitative Methods
EDPK6012 Qualitative Analysis
EDPK6016 Advanced Statistical Analysis

Candidates may ? after receiving approval from their supervisors and the relevant postgraduate research coordinator replace a research unit with a different graduate-level unit of study. Those who can demonstrate research training or experience equivalent to any of the above research units may request a study exemption.

Further information about research courses:

Further information

How to apply

Admission requirements

Applicants may apply to enter the Doctor of Philosophy by one of two qualifying pathways: direct entry or pathway A. In both instances, admission is subject to acceptance of the intending applicant's research proposal of 1,000 words, which must address criteria specified by the faculty, on the faculty web site.

Direct entry
Applicants may qualify if their research proposal is accepted, by a potential supervisor, and they satisfy one of the criteria listed below:
a bachelor degree with first or second class honours in an appropriate area of study that includes a research thesis based on primary data, not only a literature review, or a master's degree by research in an appropriate area of study that includes a research thesis that draws on primary data, or a masters degree by coursework with a 12,000-15,000 word research thesis or dissertation that draws on primary data, not a literature review, with a grade point average of at least 80% in the degree.

Pathway A entry
Pathway A entry is open to applicants whose research proposal is accepted by a potential supervisor and who satisfies one of the following criteria:
a bachelor degree with first or second class honours in an appropriate area of study, but which did not include a research thesis, or
a masters degree by coursework (with no thesis or dissertation component) with a grade point average of at least 75% and an amount of scholarly writing and/or research expertise which, in the opinion of the admissions committee, is equivalent to a master's research thesis. Copies of these must be submitted with the application.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Philosophy (Education).

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Philosophy (Education).

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.