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Education, EdD

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #83 (QS) Auckland, New Zealand
The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree is designed specifically for educational professionals. The first two part-time years involve guided, cohort-based work which focuses on students’ individual research topics. Students have the support of two supervisors throughout the degree.


The EdD offers an opportunity for education professionals to develop high quality research skills and complete an advanced research qualification to international standards. It also contributes to the development of professional peer networks based on an interest in carrying out and disseminating educational research at a high level.

In 2017, the School of Critical Studies in Education is offering a Doctor of Education (EdD) inquiry pathway to delve into how organisations may better serve the principles of equity, diversity and justice.

The EdD has the same status as the PhD, but recognises the professional experience you bring and your concern to apply research directly in your professional contexts. The EdD internationally has now become the benchmark in terms of researching professional policy and practice. It is specifically designed for senior and middle managers/professionals who want to extend their academic knowledge and expertise in order to apply it directly to the particular professional settings in which they work. School principals or middle managers, senior policy advisors, iwi leaders, educational or social policy consultants, leaders of organisations and those interested in an academic career with a focus on professional practice would all be ideal EdD candidates.

Programme highlights
  • Prepare leaders and practitioners in a variety of educational contexts for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and transformative improvement of the profession.
  • Organised around the study needs of full-time professionals in education and other related fields.
  • Students engage in processes of peer review and seek publication of their work in refereed journals.
Career opportunities
  • Academic career
  • Leadership roles in your area of expertise

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      • 4 to 6 years
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Can commence the programme only at the beginning of the EdD academic year (July).
  • Working with cohort lecturers for the first two years of the programme and supervised throughout the programme by academics with knowledge and expertise in the area of study and selected research methods.
  • First two years of programme complete requirements of a ‘taught cohort’ programme culminating in a confirmation seminar.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • You must have completed a significant research project, dissertation or thesis, at university level. You need to have completed a postgraduate bachelors (honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours in a relevant field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25307 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25307 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    4864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • National:NZ$7,108.80
  • International:NZ$36,972

Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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