Faculty of Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

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Location: Campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field

Duration: 3-4 years or equivalent part-time

Intake: Throughout the year

Entry Requirements: 2nd Upper Honours or above, MEd (Research) or equivalent degree with 25% research thesis component

Fees: No fees for domestic candidates as they are provided with a Commonwealth Research Training Scheme place

Course Code: E9A

About the Degree:

A Doctor of Philosophy in education enables a candidate to use expertise at the frontier of a field of research and make a significant original contribution to knowledge through their research.  The research takes place over 3-4 years of study or equivalent part-time and normally results in a thesis or equivalent of circa 80-100,000 words, written in English.

The research topic for a doctorate in the Faculty of Education will reflect the candidate’s own interests and the research expertise of their supervisors.  Further information on the research areas in the Faculty, please use the keyword "Education" from the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

All candidates for a Doctor of Philosophy are also required to enrol concurrently in the Graduate Certificate of Research

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic.  Applicants will be considered who have:

  • a bachelor’s degree with first class honours or second class honours, upper division; or
  • a masters degree with a minimum research component (ie a thesis); or
  • partial completion of a masters by research (up to 75%); or
  • substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work.

Course Objectives

A Doctor of Philosophy produces individuals who can apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice. 

Career outcomes

In Australia and around the world, PhD graduates are highly regarded as potential employees.  The skills and attributes gained in the degree can be the entry to a post doctoral career at a university, and a PhD is also valued highly for positions in the education and other related sectors.


International Students:

International applicants must also meet the University’s English language requirements for admission: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/graduate-research/future-candidates/how-to-apply/admission-requirements

Fees for international candidates are found at http://www.international.utas.edu.au/apps/courses/show/9


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How To Apply

The University of Tasmania offer a range of exciting research opportunities and we seek to provide quality supervision and a supportive and stimulating research culture for all candidates.

A Higher Degree by Research provides candidates with an opportunity to undertake focussed research under supervision for several years in order to make a significant contribution within the chosen research area.

Applications may be submitted anytime throughout the year.  Applications are assessed by a committee at the end of each month.

If you would like to apply for a Higher Degree by Research please first submit an Expression of Interest.

  • The Expression of Interest is not intended to be a final or worked up version of the research you may eventually do.
  • Submitting the Expression of Interest does not guarantee a place in our degrees.
  • Following the completion of an Expression of Interest, applications for a Higher Degree by Research is made to the Education Faculty Research Office.
  • Once applications have been appraised by the faculty, they are forwarded to the university graduate research office for decision.
  • The graduate research office will communicate application results with applicants.


For further information please contact:

Associate Dean, Research Enrolment and Administration
Associate Professor Kim Beswick Mr Nicholas Walkem
Phone: +61 3 6324 3167 Phone: +61 3 6324 3005


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