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Course content

This degree enables professionals to study several issues and encourages writing for different kinds of audiences (for example for work settings, for parents, for journals and newsletters and for academic publishers), instead of focusing on one issue culminating in one thesis.
Candidates submit a portfolio of work that includes a dissertation.
This professional doctorate can be undertaken off campus. Support is available on campus, however, and students will be encouraged to participate in the University’s research programs.
This program involves:
*identifying a research topic (a theoretical or practical issue of educational significance),
*designing and carrying out a research project to investigate that issue, and
*writing a substantial thesis that discusses relevant literature, the perspective and methodology adopted in the research, and the findings and significance of the research.

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research supervisor.
To look for an appropriate supervisor, use the Find a Supervisor service from the Graduate Research School.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:


*A substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution
*Substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.


*Cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice
*Cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge
*Expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning
*Communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions
*Communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community
*Expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice.

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
*With intellectual independence
*With initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning
*With full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs
*To plan and execute original research
*With the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge, including in the context of professional practice.

Award title


Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 2 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0), OR
*TOEFL – 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 90 (minimum writing score of 21), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 64

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
JCU scholarship applicants require Band 3a

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Doctor of Education page on the James Cook University website for more details!





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