Doctor of Education (EdD)

Study Type
Part Time
Entry Requirements

Master's Degree from a British university 
Honours Degree from a recognised institution with classification 2.1 or above or equivalent


£3,103 (UK/EU) per annum*
£5,185 (Overseas)

*Fees for 2015-16 entry. Fees are subject to an increase each year.

Course Start Date
October 2016
Length of Course
normal 4 years; 
maximum 6 years

The EdD is designed for full-time teachers, senior leaders and other educational professionals who wish to combine full-time work with part-time study. It is a Professional Doctorate, intended to equip professional people with the skills and knowledge to conduct robust research focused on improving policy, practice and the quality of education.

Our students include teachers and leaders from all phases of education, from early years to Higher Education, and from a diverse range of backgrounds. Most students (though not all) undertake studies focused on their own practice or their own institutions.

Students are supported throughout by a main and a second supervisor, with expertise in areas related to the field of study. Before applying, you are advised to check the areas of expertise offered by our team of supervisors.

Each EdD student negotiates a personalized study plan, which allows the student to determine deadlines for the submission of assignments that will best fit around their working lives. Whilst the programme is designed to take 4-5 years to complete, it is possible to complete more quickly, or to take up to 6 years.

Programme Structure

The EdD programme offers students a structured, scaffolded induction into doctoral research, as follows:

Pre-thesis Stage

October Induction Residential Weekend

The course begins with an intensive weekend introduction to the programme. There are opportunities during the weekend to meet with supervisors and other students on the programme.

Year One Assignments

Over a period of 13 months you will be required, with the guidance of your supervisor, to complete 4 assignments, which provide a structure enabling you to:

  • identify the research issue you wish to investigate
  • write a literature review
  • draw up a research design
  • put together a research proposal

Summer School and Conference

Our annual summer school and conference offer students opportunities to attend taught sessions on diverse aspects of research methodology and to discuss their own research with peers.

EdD students are expected to attend summer school every year

Year Two Assignments

During year two you will be required to carry out a small pilot study, and to reflect on this in order to improve your research design for the main study. The first two assignments in year two are not formally assessed. The third, the ‘Probation Report’ is a key assessment point of the programme, when you are required to submit a report on the work undertaken so far and your plans for the main study.

Thesis Stage

Having successfully completed your probation report, you can move to Thesis Stage. From this point onwards, under the continued guidance of your supervisor, you will be undertaking the research for your main project and producing draft chapters of your thesis. Regular, formative feedback from your supervisor will enable you to develop and refine your writing and research, enabling you to complete your final submission.

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