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Doctor of Education (EdD)

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.

The program's duration is three years to four years full time or part time equivalent with a first semester and mid-year intake.

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.

Students in the EdD program are required to complete

  • two units (12 credit points) of core units of study listed below

Course convenor

Dr Lesley Scanlon
T 02 9351 6380
Room 431, Education Building, A35

Units of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Doctor of Education

Core units

Thesis Proposal Writing
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
The Researching Professional
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1

Units of study descriptions

Doctor of Education

Core units

EDPZ5003 Thesis Proposal Writing

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Gabrielle Meagher and student's supervisor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: fortnightly workshops across 2 semester with Prof Meagher and regular contact with supervisor, times to be negotiated with supervisor - flexible delivery Assessment: 1x4000-10000wd research proposal (100%) as applicable to the award Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is designed to support PhD, EdD, DSW and MPhil students as they prepare their thesis proposals for formal review and approval, through a program of workshops organised around issues in thinking, reading and writing about research design and practice. Workshops explore a range of approaches to writing about research practice and emphasise the common logic of the research process, and the importance of rigorous and systematic approaches to writing about design and analysis in all research traditions.
EDPZ5001 The Researching Professional

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Lesley Scanlon Session: Semester 1 Classes: seminars - first Thursday evening and then Saturdays (dates to be negotiated) Assessment: 2x3000wd assignments (2x50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This core unit is designed for EdD candidates in the first stage of coursework to prepare them to situate themselves as researching professionals and at the same time enhance their own professional practice. Students will engage in a critical analysis of their own professional practice and the professional practice of others. Students should develop a critical understanding of what constitutes the professions and professional practice both as a theoretical construct and as situated work. The unit provides students with the opportunity to engage with the research literature and to establish how different researchers approach the study of professional practice. On completion of the unit students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the body of knowledge in their area/s of investigation and how this relates to the broader area of professionalism.

Course rules


Doctor of Education

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 (the 'HDR Rule'), the Academic Board resolutions relating to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy and the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended).

Course resolutions

Part 1: Preliminary

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Doctor of Education

Part 2: Admission requirements

2 Eligibility for admission to candidature

To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must:
hold or have completed the requirements for:
(i)  a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, with first class honours or second class honours, first division, in a related area of study; or
(ii)  a research Master of Education or equivalent published research-based work acceptable to the Faculty; or
(iii)  a coursework master's degree from the University of Sydney, in a related area of study with an average weighted mark of at least 75, and a dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words that was not based solely on a review of literature; or
have at least three years' professional experience in Education or a related field.
The Dean or Associate Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of sub-clause (1), provided that the applicant holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Faculty Division of Doctoral Studies, are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1).

3 Application for admission to candidature

An applicant for admission to candidature must submit to the Faculty:
satisfactory evidence of the applicant's eligibility for admission;
a proposed course of research and advanced study, approved by the Faculty Research Proposal Committee in which the work is to be undertaken; and
a statement certifying the applicant's understanding that, subject to the HDR Rule, if the candidature is successful, his or her thesis will be lodged with the University Librarian and made available for immediate public use.

4 Credit transfer

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the granting of credit for previous studies, including the effect on completion times, except that for coursework:
no more than 12 credit points may be credited; and
the coursework should have been completed no more than four years prior to first enrolment in this degree.

Part 3: Candidature

5 Appointment of supervisor

The Faculty Division of Doctoral Studies will appoint a supervisor and associate supervisor for each candidate in accordance with the HDR Rule and Academic Board policies for postgraduate research higher degree supervision.

6 Control of candidature

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the control of candidature by the University.

7 Location of candidature and attendance

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the location of candidature and attendance by candidates at the University.

Part 4: Requirements

8 Degree requirements

To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
complete any specified probationary requirements;
complete 12 credit points of prescribed units of study, as set out in the table of units of study for the degree of Doctor of Education;
conduct research on an approved topic; and
write a thesis embodying the results of the research.

9 The thesis

A candidate shall produce a thesis that meets the requirements specified in the HDR Rule.
The thesis will be a maximum of 80,000 words in length.

Part 5: Enrolment and progression

10 Probation

A candidate is normally accepted for candidature on a probationary basis for a period not exceeding one year according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.
In the probationary period each candidate must:
complete the specific units of study from the table of units of study from the degree of Doctor of Education;
develop and present a refined research proposal to the satisfaction of the Supervisor and the Faculty Research Proposal Committee; and
demonstrate adequate English language competency for the completion of the degree.

11 Time limits, earliest and latest submission dates

The HDR Rule specifies the allowable completion times and submission dates available for full- and part-time candidates in this course.

12 Mode of attendance

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice. Visa requirements commonly restrict international students to full-time study only.

13 Discontinuation of candidature

A candidate may discontinue enrolment in a unit of study or the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

14 Suspension of candidature

A candidate may suspend enrolment from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

15 Leave of absence

A candidate may take leave of absence from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

16 Progress

A candidate is required to maintain satisfactory progress towards the timely completion of the degree. Progress will be reviewed annually according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.

Part 6: Examination

17 Examination of the thesis

Examination of the thesis will be conducted in general accordance with standards prescribed by Academic Board for the Doctor of Philosophy.

18 Award of the degree

The degree is awarded at the Pass level.

Part 7: Other

19 Transitional provisions

These course resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2012 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2012 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2012 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed within the time limits specified in those resolutions. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.