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Doctor of Education

  • Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Education is a specialised doctorate designed for professionals in education, health sciences, and related fields. Built on a cohort model of inquiry, the Doctor of Education provides a structured, supportive, rigorous approach to doctoral study.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
Duration
6 years full-time
Course Code
EdD

About this course

The Doctor of Education is a specialised doctorate designed for professionals in education, health sciences, and related fields. Built on a cohort model of inquiry, the Doctor of Education provides a structured, supportive, rigorous approach to doctoral study.

The Doctor of Education builds leadership and commitment, fosters scholarly excellence, and allows candidates to connect educational research with questions of professional practice, in particular leadership.

Entry requirements

Every student, before enrolling for the degree, must be approved as a candidate by the Dean of Postgraduate Research. The Dean must be satisfied that the student has adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course.

Students must have either:

  • an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree with First or Second Class Honours; or
  • an Aotearoa New Zealand master's degree with First or Second Class Honours (or the equivalent); or
  • other approved qualifications of equivalent standing.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

Students will normally have a minimum of five years' experience in a relevant professional role. Most students usually continue to work in a relevant professional role while completing Part I of the degree.

In special circumstances, the Dean of Postgraduate Research may approve the enrolment of a graduate who does not hold one of the qualifications above, but who has produced satisfactory evidence of adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Doctor of Education or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for PhD and Doctoral degrees.

Study locations

Main Campus