Doctor of Education Mid-Year Entry

The Doctor of Education involves three to four years of research and study for a full-time candidate, or the equivalent in half-time candidature. Students must pass four Doctoral level courses, each worth six units. The remaining time is devoted to completing one 60,000 word research project on a particular professional issue or problem.

As one of the most highly research-intensive and respected universities in Australia and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight, The University of Adelaide is the smart choice for your research program. The University is committed to providing unique opportunities for graduates and researchers who are recognised as worldwide leaders for their vision and capacity to address global research challenges.

All research students at the University have the opportunity to broaden their research experience by choosing from amongst the extensive range of Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) programs on offer.

  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Education Coordinator, Education Officer / Educator, Research Manager, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Teacher

  • Degree Structure

    The Doctor of Education is a professional research degree, designed for practising teachers, educators or trainers who are likely to remain in their professional contexts. It provides opportunities to develop the candidates' understanding of professional research in education and to apply this knowledge in carrying out research related to a given educational context. The approach is intended to encourage a more holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the professional context of education.

    During the first year of full-time candidature (or first two years part-time), students undertake two core Doctoral level components of the structured program by studying courses in Research Design and Research Processes. These prepare the students to undertake a focused literature search and plan their subsequent research project. Additionally students take two Doctoral level electives from a choice of research methods courses. The remaining time is devoted to completing one 60,000 word research project on a particular professional issue or problem.

    Admission Requirements

    A successful application to a Doctor of Education program involves a number of considerations:

    Academic background and Experience

    An applicant must demonstrate that they have both the required academic entry qualifications and the professional experience to successfully complete a Doctor of Education as detailed in the academic program rules.

    English Language Proficiency Requirement

    As English is the language of instruction at the University of Adelaide, all applicants must provide evidence of their proficiency before an offer of a place is made.

    Availability of supervision and resourcing

    In addition to the academic requirements, the Head of School must certify that your proposed research project is acceptable to the School and that there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to enable your candidature to be completed successfully. Accordingly, discussing your research interests with your prospective supervisors/School is essential prior to submitting your Doctor of Education application.

    Fees for Domestic Students

    Eligible domestic students (including Australian citizens or permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are covered by the Research Training Program (RTP) and are exempt from the payment of tuition fees. An RTP place is available for a maximum of 4 years of full time equivalent study for an eligible doctorate student.

    Fees for International Students

    The tuition fees for international research students are available on the web at:

    In addition to tuition costs, it is a condition of a student visa that you hold and maintain health insurance for the entire length of your stay in Australia. This insurance is called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

    Tuition fees for international students who have been awarded a Research Training Program stipend scholarship are covered by a Research Training Program (RTP) Fee-Offset for a maximum of 4 years of full time equivalent study for an eligible Doctorate student.


    The University of Adelaide offers a wide range of scholarships to assist both domestic and international students with the cost of their studies. For information on the opportunities available, closing dates and how to apply go to:

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

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  • Further Information

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    Phone: +61 8 8313 5882

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Last updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2019