La Trobe University

Doctor of Education (Professional Doctorate)


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Learn more about the fees for graduate research.

The Doctor of Education emphasises the contribution of research to professional practice and builds on a combination of coursework and thesis. It starts with two year-long coursework subjects followed by supervised research culminating in a thesis of approximately 60,000 words, which is assessed by external examiners. The thesis can be in an applied area, allowing you to make an intensive investigation in your own professional field.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 10.

Entry requirements


Master’s degree by research or, in some instances, coursework Master’s degree including minor thesis and demonstrated ability to undertake doctoral studies. Those with a high Honours degree may also apply.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find diverse professional roles throughout the education sector. Typical roles include leading teacher, university lecturer/tutor, education researcher, principal, professional educator.

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.


We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.

Industry internships

We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.

Our researchers

A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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