Ph.D in Education

The IIIU’s Faculty of Education offers a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The doctoral program in the Faculty of Education is dedicated to studying the basics of comparative educational philosophy and its variations in Western and Muslim societies to learn traditionally defined areas such as the history of education and research methods in education, educational philosophy, sociology and academic anthropology.

The distinction of IIIU’s Doctor of Philosophy in Education is to advance educational studies’ excellence in societies and promote engagement with the development of education research worldwide. In this sense, doctoral graduates from the IIIU Faculty of Education will be offered an approach to studying education in diverse contexts where they help improve the quality of education while maintaining their cultural identities.

Bambang Sumintono Ph.D

Head of PhD in Education Study Program

Career Path

The graduates of the PhD in Education program of the Faculty of Education at the IIIU are intended to work and advance their careers as, but are not limited to, academics, research scientists, education leaders, educational policy consultants and advisors, consultants, and advisors for international agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

PhD in Education graduates must have solid philosophical, theoretical and methodological foundations to become academics, research scientists, education leaders, and education policy consultants and advisors. This should be demonstrated by having the abilities to:

Demonstrate solid knowledge

about Islamic education philosophy and comparative philosophy of education, including the knowledge and expertise in one of the concentrations: (1) Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; (2) Educational Assessment and Evaluation; (3) Educational Policy, Management and Leadership; (4) Education and Society;

Conduct research projects

using a range of research methods (qualitative and quantitative) and related approaches to produce research that contributes to the body and advancement of knowledge in the field of education;


Show a proficient ability to communicate research through various formats —oral, written and new media (social media platforms)—to international audiences in academic forums and public audiences;


Evaluate an educational program or policy at all levels of education;

Professional Attitudes

Show professional attitudes appropriate for future career plans

Curriculum Structure

The curriculum of the PhD in Education program at IIIU consists of: the foundation of major philosophies of education, research methodology, concentration core courses, elective courses, independent study, student colloquium, and dissertation that includes research writing and defense. The foundation and research methodology courses are required for all Doctor of Philosophy in Education students. Concentration core courses are subjects to be taken by Doctor of Philosophy in Education students in their respective concentrations. Students are free to choose from the elective courses to enrich and strengthen their knowledge and skills.

There in an open possibility for Faculty of Education students who wish to take elective courses in other faculties in UIII. All Doctor of Philosophy in Education students must meet the requirements to complete independent study, a student colloquium, and a dissertation— research, writing and defense. The overall credits that must be taken by PhD students are 45 credits, which consist of 20–24 credits for courses and 25 credits of dissertation writing related activities: Advanced Independent Study, Student Colloquium, and Dissertation Research.

UIII’s academic calendar follows a semester system consisting of odd and even semesters for each academic year. All course sessions and dissertation writing are conducted in English.

Foundation Courses (9 credits)

All students in the PhD in Education program are required to take the following foundation courses:
1. Advanced Comparative Philosophy of Education
2.  Advanced Islamic Education
3. Wasathiyatul Islam in the Globalizing World

Research Methodology in Education (6 credits)

All PhD students in Education Study Program are required to take the following research methodology courses:
1. Graduate Seminar in Educational Research (Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed-Method)
Choose one of the courses below:
1. Quantitative Analysis and Advanced Statistics
2. Qualitative Data Analysis

Concentration Courses (6 credits)

PhD in Education Study Program at IIIU offers four areas of concentration, the compulsory courses of each concentration are:
a. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
1. Theories of Learning
2. Instructional Design and Technology

b. Educational Management and Policy
1. Graduate Seminar of Educational Management and Leadership
2. Graduate Seminar on Education Policy

c. Educational Evaluation and Assessment
1. Advanced Educational Assessment
2. Graduate Seminar on Large Scale Assessment

d. Education and Society
1. Education and Human Capital
2. Graduate Seminar on Education in a Pluralistic Society

Elective Courses (6 credits)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education students are required to take elective courses of their choice outside concentration courses, and all PhD courses in other faculties in UIII are eligible to take. These are elective courses which each has 3 credits:
1. Advanced Literacy Development and Resources

2. Advanced Child and Student Wellbeing

3. Critical Discourse Analysis

Advanced Independent Study (6 credits) & Student Colloquium(3 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy in Education students must undertake independent studies according to their topics of interest, with dissertation research and writing as a final goal. Independent study is a separate learning process under the guidance of an academic supervisor to produce a literature review related to the chosen topic.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education students also have to take a student colloquium, a formal forum for students to present their research papers and be evaluated by peers and professors in the second or third years of their studies.

Dissertation: Research, Writing, Defense (12 credits)

Students who have completed all required courses are set to conduct research and write a dissertation as a final requirement to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree. The dissertation research and writing process will be guided by a team of dissertation committees appointed by the Faculty of Education.