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Doctorate in Education (EdD)

What is an EdD?

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an innovative programme of part-time study designed for professionals in education and related areas who want to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of contemporary educational issues. It is a prestigious qualification that demonstrates skill in applied research and strong professional development.

Watch a video about the EdD.

What will I get from an EdD?

You will acquire skills in educational research and enquiry and be able to use these to carry out research that will contribute to professional knowledge and practice.  Our doctoral training programme will help you develop transferrable skills that will be invaluable in your subsequent career.

A growing number of professionals regard this style of doctoral programme as being a more appropriate vehicle for further development than the traditional PhD, due to the applied nature of the research undertaken.

Successful candidates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Education and are entitled to use the title ‘Dr’.

How does it work?


The EdD is a structured three-and-a-half year part-time programme of study. The programme starts in May and you study in a cohort with other students.

Pattern of study

The first year centres on a literature review and an initial research study. The next two years comprise supported and supervised research.

Residential weekends and day schools

There are three compulsory residential weekends for students and supervisors:

  1. the Year 1 residential weekend in late June/early July
  2. the Year 2 day school in early/mid October
  3. the Year 3 day/residential school in early February.


You will complete 12 progress reports across Years 1, 2 and 3.

At the end of Year 1, students must pass a Year 1 Final Report before progressing to Year 2 of the programme.

Once you have completed your research you must complete a 55,000-word thesis which you submit and then defend via an oral examination to the satisfaction of the examiners.  Your thesis must meet the expectations specified in the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

The thesis must demonstrate the relationship between theory and practice in education, and the ability to select and apply appropriate research methods.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a masters degree in education or a related discipline from a UK/EU university or another recognised degree-awarding body and have relevant professional experience.

English language proficiency

In order to study with us, you will need to have a good command of English. If your first language is not English, you will need to verify that your competence in the English Language in all four elements (reading, writing, listening and speaking). The University requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any of the four categories (or approved equivalent). You should have your level of proficiency certified through a provider approved by UK Visas and Immigration and provide your certificate and grade with your application.

Application closing date

You can submit an application between August and November 2017 for entry in May 2018. For further information, see How to apply.