Duration
4 to 6 years
Next start date
Semester Two
Available locations
Epsom
Points
360
Programme type
Doctorate

Programme overview

The professional Doctor of Education (EdD) is designed to meet the specific needs of working professionals. If you work in education, training, learning or development in the health, justice, social services or education sectors, then this part-time doctoral programme is a perfect option, being part time for two years followed by two years full time or a further four years part time.

The cohort programme is offered with a new inquiry pathway starting each year. Inquiry pathways have included: Māori and Indigenous Education; Leadership of Educational Professional Practice; Curriculum and Pedagogy for the 21st Century; and Serving Society – Creating Equity, Diversity and Justice.

Each inquiry pathway is unique but uses common principles and design concepts that build on professional education standards and competencies for educators and educational leaders.

This doctoral programme is aimed at training highly equipped and relevant educators and future leaders who will have a significant impact on New Zealand’s educational needs and beyond.

The University of Auckland is the only New Zealand university to be a member of CPED (the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate), a global consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education committed to generating new knowledge and scholarship about educational practice. As a student you will benefit from this network of global universities working together to design a professional world-class doctoral degree.

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Programme structure

Candidates have the support of two supervisors throughout the whole degree.

Part One

Part One is a part-time only, two-year research portfolio (120 points). It involves guided, cohort-based work, which focuses on students’ individual research topics. Candidates produce a research portfolio consisting of four supervised research projects:

  • A critical literature review
  • A methodology project
  • A paper for publication
  • A detailed thesis proposal

The courses you will enrol in are:

  • EDPROFST 844 C Research Portfolio (60 points)
  • EDPROFST 844 D Research Portfolio (60 points)

At the end of the second year of Part One for each cohort, candidates must submit their completed portfolios and present a public confirmation seminar. This is a requirement for entry into Part Two of the degree.

Part Two

Part Two is a thesis of original research, which builds on the work completed in Part One, and which is completed within two full-time or four part-time years (EDPROFST 897 Thesis, 240 points).

Examination of the thesis includes an oral examination.

More information on the 2017 Doctor of Education Inquiry Pathway.

Entry requirements

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Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Class of honours
    2nd class division i
    • Masters or honours degree in an education-related field
    • Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study

Further programme requirements

Supervision and research requirements

Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry.

You must demonstrate an ability to research independently, and possess a high level of theoretical understanding. Acceptance is subject to staff availability for supervision, and appropriate resources and facilities.

You must write an initial statement of research intent to demonstrate your research capability and experience.

Programme-specific requirements

You must have at least two years’ professional experience in education or an education-related field.

You must be living in New Zealand to undertake this programme.

How to apply

Check out our guide to applying for a PhD or doctorate.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.5
    • Masters-level qualification in education
    • Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study
  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Supervision and research requirements

Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry.

You must demonstrate an ability to research independently, and possess a high level of theoretical understanding. Acceptance is subject to staff availability for supervision, and appropriate resources and facilities.

You must write an initial statement of research intent to demonstrate your research capability and experience.

All students must meet our English-language requirements as a condition of entry.

Programme-specific requirements

You must have at least two years’ professional experience in education or an education-related field.

You must be living in New Zealand to undertake this programme.

How to apply

Check out our guide to applying for a PhD or doctorate.

How much does a Doctor of Education cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,969.60*
International students
NZ$36,972*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

The EdD is a cohort-based doctoral programme that starts in July each year.

Application closing dates

Semester Two 2018
31 May 2018

As part of the application process for the EdD, you need to provide an outline of your proposed research project.

Although you are not required to nominate a doctoral supervisor as part of your initial application, you can also look at supervisor profiles and research projects currently available through Finding a Supervisor, or contact the Faculty of Education and Social Work for further advice.

Where could this programme take you?

The EdD has become the international benchmark of professional policy and practice research. It is specifically designed for senior and middle managers and professionals in education-related fields who want to extend their academic knowledge and expertise, and apply it directly to their particular professional setting.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Academia
  • Educational or social policy consultants
  • Iwi leadership
  • Leaders of organisations
  • School leadership positions
  • Senior policy advisors

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