Course Structure

The Doctor of Education (EdD) offers candidates the opportunity for advanced self-reflective research into the education profession and professional practice in education. The specific aim of the Doctor of Education is to develop researching professionals. Students undertaking this degree are assigned to a supervisor and an associate supervisor.

This program offers an innovative approach to the professional doctorate. It consists of a number of supervised research training components and a thesis of approximately 80,000 words. Students will progress through a sequence of two phases. Phase 1 includes coursework and research tasks; phase 2 includes preparing the thesis for final examination. The program’s duration is three years
to four years full-time or part-time equivalent with a first semester and
mid-year intake.


Conditions of candidature

At the end of the first year of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent), a student will need to have successfully completed Phase 1 of the program:

  • EDPZ5003 Thesis Proposal
  • EDPZ5001 The Researching Professional

Plus any research methods or specialist units as recommended by the supervisor.

Students must also present and defend a research proposal. This research proposal should extend the research proposal presented in the candidate’s original application and should include a critical review of relevant literature and an outline of the student’s proposed methodology.

It is recommended the extended research proposal be 8,000-10,000 words. Candidature is confirmed once the extended research proposal has been approved by the student’s thesis committee.


Examination of the thesis

The thesis will be examined by three examiners: persons with the same kinds of qualifications as are generally required for doctoral-level examinations, but with an understanding of, and commitment to, research into and within professional practice.

Procedures for examination of the thesis will be the same as for the Doctor of Philosophy. However, for further information and resolutions please consult the University of Sydney Calendar.


Units of Study