• Toll free: 1800 258 5772

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education consists of four courses of study relating to research methodology and scholarly writing and a number of peer-reviewed research papers. As a candidate, you will work collaboratively in groups of 10 students to collect, analyse and interpret data in an area of education of interest to you. Topics include early childhood, students with special needs, teenage students, education and technology and educational leadership.

The Doctor of Education program at The University of Notre Dame Australia is designed for leaders in education, and aspiring leaders in the school, university and TAFE sectors. You will be admitted to the program only if you can demonstrate the potential to complete doctoral coursework and research, possess professional educational experience and have satisfactory research experience as determined by the Dean of the School of Education, Sydney.

Over your studies, you will work collaboratively in groups of 10 to collect, analyse and interpret data to answer questions in an area of education of interest. Each group will be supervised by a group of five School of Education, Sydney lecturers. As a thesis by publication program, the degree is awarded on the basis of four coursework units relating to research methodology and scholarly writing, and a portfolio of a minimum of four peer-reviewed papers.

At the discretion of the students and supervisors, your cohort will meet once a fortnight to participate in organised workshops, attend seminars and discuss progress throughout all stages of candidature.


In addition to your coursework, the portfolio component includes peer-reviewed papers (including journal articles and book chapters). A minimum of four publications are normally required; portfolios above or below the four papers are required for approval by the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research).

The papers should be linked thematically, and will act as chapters in the final submitted dissertation which will also include an introduction and conclusion. The publications may also be edited to avoid repetition. The peer-reviewed papers have to be researched and written after enrolment and be at least under peer-review with an academic journal or other publication.

Papers may be co-authored (most should be sole-authored), however the EdD candidate must be the main contributor. Further, all co-authors need to provide a written statement included as an appendix to the thesis. The portfolio will be examined externally and focus on the quality of the work.

Campus Information

Sydney Campus

Our Sydney Campus is based across two sites – Broadway and Darlinghurst – both located in the vibrant social hub of the harbour city. The Broadway site is at the heart of Sydney’s uni precinct, a short walk from Central Station and close to Darling Harbour. Darlinghurst is situated to the east of the CBD, nestled in Sydney’s shopping and cafe district.


  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane: 

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates 

Other Locations (Regional centres and other regional areas):

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa) 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the Doctor of Education Award are expected to satisfy the following criteria:

  • Possession of a research Masters degree by thesis or dissertation appropriate to the professional field of the applicant; or
  • Possession of a Masters degree by coursework appropriate to the professional field of the applicant completed at a superior standard; or
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours (typically 1st Class or Class 2A Honours level or equivalent); or
  • Possession of a Master of Philosophy; or
  • In exceptional circumstances, an equivalent academic or professional background that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at Doctoral level.

An applicant may be required to satisfy the Dean of the School of the ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing the program of study.

In addition to the academic criteria listed above, applicants are normally expected to satisfy the following:

  • have a minimum of 3 years of relevant professional practice;
  • have the support of an industry or professional mentor.

  • Course Code: 032064G
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 135423 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
Direct Represented