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Doctor of Science Education

ScEdD(Curtin) DR-SCIEDU1
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus or off-campus If you intend to study off-campus, please refer to the note regarding off-campus research under enrolment and duration of study.
Intake At any time
Duration 2 - 4 years full-time study or part-time equivalent

Our Science and Mathematics Education Centre offers the Doctor of Science Education which encompasses the Centre's areas of research specialisation, including gender issues, teaching and learning, classroom environment, computing and technology education, constructivism, school leadership, assessment and curriculum.

This degree differs from other postgraduate degrees in that at least two-thirds of the study program must involve research. Although some coursework units may be required, the main part of your work will be in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and associate supervisor(s). Your thesis must, in the opinion of the examiners, be a substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of any field through the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. It must also demonstrate your capacity to conceive, design and complete independent research.

Throughout your studies, the Faculty of Humanities will provide you with access to facilities and resources to support your research, and financial assistance to attend appropriate local and international conferences.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

A master degree in maths or science education or bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours together with a relevant qualification in education. You should also have work experience in education or qualifications and a background which warrants special consideration.

You may be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

For further information see entry requirements for doctoral or master research degrees.

Additional requirements

If you do not have prior studies in research methods and statistical data analysis, you will be required to complete relevant preparatory units. These units may increase the course duration.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Under the Research Training Program (RTP) effective 1 January 2017, Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking higher degrees by research will be granted an Australian Government RTP Fee Offset Scholarship to assist with tuition fee liability.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or industry assistance (sponsorship) may be available from external organisations under special conditions.

Professional recognition

Depending on your area of speciality, you may be eligible for membership of various professional organisations upon graduation.

Why research at Curtin?

Curtin is widely recognised for applied research firmly focused on solving real-world problems. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. Our international reputation for being a strong partner in industry-driven research ensures our graduates enjoy outstanding opportunities to become innovators in their fields.