La Trobe University

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)


Start dates
Anytime 2018
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees and costs
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The Doctor of Philosophy (Education) emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. The thesis is 75,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge.

The PhD is assessed by external examiners. It may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study.

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, by coursework), 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 in the education sector. Typical roles include Education researcher, university lecturer.

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Fees and costs

Course fees

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