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EdD application process

When do I apply?

The deadline for May 2018 entries is 30 November 2017.

Am I eligible?

  • Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain soon, a minimum of a a Masters Degree in Education or a related discipline (e.g. Educational Psychology, Educational Linguistics, Pedagogy and Didactics, Educational Technology, Language Teaching) from a UK/EU university or another recognised degree awarding body.
  • Applicants who do not have a Masters degree must be able to demonstrate suitability for postgraduate level research in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed work. Publications, written reports or other appropriate evidence of previous research may count as such evidence.

If you are eligible to apply, please download and complete an application form, for submitting with your proposal and research summary. In addition, you should read the booklet Preparing for the Doctorate in Education which includes details of how to write your proposal and your research summary. Finally, you might like to read a selection of abstracts that describe the work carried out by previous EdD students.

What do I send?

You will need to send a completed EdD application form and a research proposal to rd-applications-EdD@open.ac.uk. The application form contains a full list of all the documents you need to include with your application.

If you are applying on the basis of a masters degree in education or a related discipline from another UK/EU university or another recognised degree-awarding body, you must provide an outline of the content of the modules for your masters together with your application form.

If you are applying on the basis of experience of previous research, you must provide detailed information about the activities you have carried out including conference attendance and research publications.

You also need to provide information about your relevant professional experience.

Preparing a research proposal is demanding, so make sure you allow plenty of time.

What happens next?

Your application and proposal will be assessed at the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) by a selection panel who will judge whether the research would make a significant contribution to educational knowledge, and whether there is a supervisor available with experience relevant to the project.

We will contact you to let you know if your application has been successful, and if so, we will send you details of how to register. The EdD starts on 1 May every year.

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