About this course
Intended learning outcomes
Graduates of the Doctorate of Philosophy – Education will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of a substantial body of specialised knowledge at the frontier of educational research, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution to theory and/or practice.
- Critically analyse and evaluate existing theories, knowledge, ideas, research principles and methods associated with educational research.
- Independently design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to new knowledge that rests on originality of approach and/or interpretation of the findings and, in some cases, the discovery of new facts in the education field.
- Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to research ethics and integrity with full accountability for personal research outputs.
- Explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions within a professional arena and in an international context.
On successful completion of the course, it is expected that the doctoral candidates will be able to:
- Engage in critical reflection, synthesis, and evaluation.
- Develop, adapt, and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice in education.
- Disseminate and promote new insights to peers and the education community.
- Generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to education research, policy and/or practice.
Doctoral degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop graduates who demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research work.
The University expects its doctoral graduates to have the following qualities and skills:
- an advanced ability to initiate research and to formulate viable research questions;
- a demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and original research;
- the capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge;
- an advanced ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and scholarly literature;
- an advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field;
- highly developed problem-solving abilities and flexibility of approach;
- the ability to analyse critically within and across a changing disciplinary environment;
- the capacity to disseminate the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication to a variety of audiences;
- a capacity to cooperate with and respect the contributions of fellow researchers and scholars;
- a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship;
- an advanced facility in the management of information, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the student's field of study;
- an understanding of the relevance and value of their research to national and international communities of scholars and collaborators;
- an awareness where appropriate of issues related to intellectual property management and the commercialisation of innovation; and
- an ability to formulate applications to relevant agencies, such as funding bodies and ethics committees.
The University provides a variety of opportunities in addition to the supervised research program, to facilitate a students' acquisition of these attributes.
Last updated: 10 November 2023