Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship or full-fee-paying basis. Contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the UTS: Graduate Research School for further details.
4 years full time or
8 years part time
The Doctor of Education is designed to meet the needs of practitioners and professionals who wish to research some aspect of their field of practice. Candidates embark on high-level, practice-based research into one of the areas of research strength in UTS: Education.
The course caters not only for students committed to an academic path, but for senior practitioners from public and private sectors who wish to study and undertake research at the highest level.
The purpose of the course is to enhance the practitioner's capacity to question, analyse, critique and develop their profession and its practices. It is a research degree whose purpose is to assist professionals to develop a relationship between research and their professional activities, in areas such as policy development and appraisal, innovation and administration.
Research Training Scheme
The majority of domestic research degree students are funded through the Research Training Scheme (RTS). Through the RTS, the Australian Government provides a quota of tuition fee exempt places for postgraduate research places to recognised universities.
If you are granted an RTS place, you are not required to pay tuition fees. However, you can still expect to pay the ongoing costs of being part of an academic environment and conducting research. In addition to ongoing costs, you may also be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
In addition, research scholarships to the value of $35,000 are available to support living expenses for domestic students to study master's by research and doctoral programs at UTS.
Tuition fee calculations
Tuition fees and RTS load for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree semester and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.
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Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year. Tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree session and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.
Tuition fees for international postgraduate research students can be found using fees search.
Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.
For this course, the cost per semester for 2017 is $12200. The expected number of semesters are 8.
All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:
- Protocol on fees and refunds for international students - contains the fee and refund conditions for international students
- Tuition Protection Service - designed to ensure that students receive the tuition they have paid for
In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.
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For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' tuition fees information page.
Career options include leadership roles in the education field as a principal, manager, planner, policy adviser, teacher or trainer, in a government, industrial, commercial or community setting.
Course structure explained
Students in the Doctor of Education (EdD) can choose between traditional or portfolio thesis formats. The traditional format is similar to that of a PhD, but it is 60,000–80,000 words. The portfolio option involves a range of texts (e.g. including published articles, texts written for and used in professional practice settings) and an exegesis (theoretical explanation of the contribution to knowledge that brings the components together). Students opting for the traditional thesis format may still include publications written during candidature, in line with the UTS policy (which has a range of options for including published work in a thesis).
The Doctor of Education (EdD) follows the same course structure as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in three stages. Stage 1 involves the development of a number of advanced research skills and capabilities. EdD students participate in the 1st year Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences block activities alongside students in other doctoral programs. In Stage 1 students negotiate a doctoral study plan with their supervisor. This plan makes explicit the kinds of support each student requires. A formal doctoral assessment is undertaken at the end of Stage 1 in which the candidates present a full proposal for assessment, which is a prerequisite for entering Stage 2.
In Stage 2, students develop their individual program of research, conducting fieldwork, analysing data, and beginning to write up their findings. Their readiness to enter Stage 3 is assessed at the end of Stage 2, via a public presentation and submission of excerpts from the thesis or published work.
In Stage 3, candidates engage in the preparation and submission of a major thesis, which makes a sustained contribution to knowledge in their field of inquiry.
Research and development activities are provided by the Faculty and Graduate Research School throughout the three stages to assist students to develop the capabilities of a successful doctoral graduate.
The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.
Full time, block
Part time, block
Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.
Selection criteria also include the quality of the research proposal, the faculty's ability to offer appropriate supervision in the applicant's chosen field, and, where necessary, demonstration of generic technical skills.
The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.
Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.International students
Students are required to enrol in person and meet Phase 1 and 2 assessment requirements.
Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.
Scholarships, prizes and awards
Only for international students
For all domestic students
Only for Aboriginal Australian or Torres Strait Islander students
Prizes and awards
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