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Professional Doctorate in Education (Research) - 283JA

Course Code: 283JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Education
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

A collaborative edge for education excellence

This degree is tailored for academics or professional practitioners in the VET and Higher Education sectors who want to extend your reach to the highest level within the sector. Our Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) will take you there. 

This course focuses on professional theory and practice that is of strategic priority to you and your institution and is offered in a cohort format. 

The rationale for the cohort format is to bring together like-minded professionals. This enables peer learning, investigating multiple insights into relevant problems of practice, enhances the quality and consistency of HDR supervision and improves the likelihood of all participants completing their research. 

Complete your Professional Doctorate in Education (Research) at UC to:

  • develop your expertise in the field of education
  • undertake a significant individual research project
  • experience collaboration and synergies among fellow participants. 

Important to know

  • You require a Masters degree or an equivalent qualification.
  • You should have at least five years of high-level professional practice in the VET/Tertiary sector and relevant professional development.
  • You must provide evidence that you are capable of undertaking research at the doctoral level. 


Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email or Phone 1300 301 727
Prospective Domestics Students
Please email or telephone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

In addition to the normal University requirements for admission to a professional doctoral course, applicants should hold a Master's degree or an equivalent qualification in a relevant professional field. Applicants should also have at least five years of appropriately high-level professional practice in the VET/Tertiary sector and relevant professional development as well as evidence of the capacity for undertaking research at the doctoral level under the guidance of a supervisory panel.

Additional Admission Requirements

No police checks are required.

However, candidates would be required to meet progress milestones as set out under University of Canberra policies and the EdD Course Guide and Program Operations Manual where the initial project and project plan are developed, presented and accepted; the literature review, data gathering, analysis and reports are presented in work-in-progress seminars; and, a confirmation seminar before being permitted to progress to the thesis writing stage.

Assumed Knowledge


Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Doctor of Education EdD

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2020 $22,300 $27,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Innovation and creativity The course will enable the EdD graduate to:
? To apply existing skills and knowledge to new situations
? Recognise a problem and identify core issue/s
? Develop novel solutions, demonstrating flexibility, resourcefulness and enthusiasm
? Take intellectual risks, and
? Identify and engage with research opportunities.
Critical judgement and reflection The graduate will be able to:
? Operate effectively in a changing environment
? Reflect critically and undertake systematic investigation into a complex body of knowledge
? Analyse and synthesise information from a variety of sources; and
? Make rational conclusions based on evidence derived from the research.
Communication HDR graduates will be equipped:
? An understanding of the practices and methods in place for the transfer of knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
? With the capacity to engage with stakeholders and to influence practice; and
? To plan their own work, be self-directed and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively. These attributes are critical in the course because the EdD is designed as a 3 to 3.5-year program comprising seminars and workshops working in cohorts. Each cohort will work on a similar project plan and as a team will investigate relevant literature that addresses applied research and professional practice within the selected topic. The design is intended to allow for consideration of peer learning throughout the course of study.
Management of research HDR graduates will be expected to:
? Prioritise tasks and work under pressure
? Design, use and evaluate research methods as appropriate to the fields of investigation
? Develop and implement project plans and lead projects
? Select and apply appropriate digital tools to support the conduct and management of research; and
? Have the capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.
Professional and social responsibility HDR graduates will be equipped with:
? The capacity and intention to apply professional knowledge and skills with full responsibility and accountability for self
? A commitment to the conduct of research in a manner which is ethical, and conforms to appropriate health and safety principles
? An understanding of intellectual property protocols as they pertain to the conduct and dissemination of research;
? An insight into the global context in which they operate as research practitioners and the potential for research to benefit society
? An awareness of the transferability of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities within and outside academia
? The ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others, within a range of teams and contexts; and
? A diversity of attributes and experiences with mature qualities of critical thinking, curiosity and reflective practice. They will use foresight, initiative and leadership, and be open to alternative perspectives. As graduates, they will continue to learn and thrive in environments of complexity, ambiguity and change.

Course Duration

Standard seven semesters full-time or equivalent. Students may complete in eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.



Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO


  • Past Offerings
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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