Doctor of Education EdD

Most students complete this programme in 5 years part-time.

This course is aimed at experienced educational professionals. It sets out to place you at the leading edge of your professional field.

Offered as a part-time distance-learning programme, the EdD is for educational professionals looking to make substantial and original contributions to the development of educational knowledge in a broad range of settings.

It meets the need for the highest levels of professional development and training of educators, and those concerned with educational policy and administration. The prime focus is the interaction between the multi-dimensional practices of education and scholarship.

You'll engage with practitioners with knowledge, awareness and understanding of the philosophical, organisational, political, social, managerial, interpersonal, and technical dimensions of schools and other educational institutions.

Exploration of the connection between theory and practice begins with a series of taught units that will develop your capability to perceive critical issues facing educators and policymakers through the lens of contemporary and historical research and philosophy. This broad foundation will allow you to refine your specific interests as you work towards the supervised research thesis that will make an original contribution to your field.

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  • Programme structure

Most students complete this programme in 5 years. You cannot take less than 3 years to finish your research and the maximum time you are allowed is normally 8 years.

You will start this programme with one of the advertised units, usually either during our on-campus Summer School or our Winter School , with units being offered on a directed learning (online) basis.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Your academic progress and general welfare will be monitored by your supervisor.

Academic milestones

  • Registration
  • Taught phase
  • Candidature
  • Give notice of intention to submit a thesis / portfolio
  • Submission for examination
  • Examination (Viva Voce)
  • Examiners report
  • Final submission of thesis / portfolio
  • Programme content
  • Doctoral skills online
  • Research project
  • Supervisory team

Taught content

You are required to complete four taught units (two compulsory and two optional) , before moving onto the Research Enquiry (thesis) stage. You must obtain at least two Merit grades or higher from these units to progress.

Normally, students complete all units through a mix of the on-campus Summer School intensive teaching weeks and the Winter School, currently being offered on a directed learning (online) basis.

You must complete this stage of the programme within five years, if studying part-time.

Core units:

  • Educational Research: philosophy and practice
  • Educational Policy: theory and practice

Optional units:

  • Educational management, leadership and administration
  • International education: philosophy and practice
  • Language, culture and education
  • Learning pedagogy and diversity
  • Pilot Research Enquiry*
  • Reading paper *

*If your background and experience is appropriate, and at the discretion of the Director of Studies, your fourth unit may be a reading paper or a pilot research enquiry. In this unit you would work under the supervision of an individual tutor, on a previously agreed education-related topic.

Research content

Units can be undertaken through our Intensive Teaching Weeks and via directed learning. Each unit is led by a specialist tutor and is made up of:

  • Tutored time - approximately 40 hours involving you in lectures, group work and individual or paired tasks.
  • Independent study - 160 hours in which you will research issues raised in tutored time and plan, research and write the Unit Assignment. You are assigned an individual tutor to support you in the process of writing your assignment.

In the Thesis phase, a supervisor and co-supervisor will be responsible for giving you advice and support, and monitoring your progress.

We encourage you to take your first unit at our Intensive Teaching Weeks. These are on-campus events that occur at specific times of the year in the form of Summer School.

The Summer School normally runs for two weeks from late June or the beginning of July. A different unit is offered each week. Two or three units are also usually offered in January.

Professional Development

Professional development is a crucial element of doctoral study, not only in supporting your research but also as part of your longer term career development. Our DoctoralSkills workshops and courses will help you build your skills and help you succeed in your doctorate.

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Assessment methods

Assessment description.

Units will normally be assessed through one assignment of 8,000 words.

Your Thesis will be assessed through a viva voce examination at the University by a member of staff (not your supervisor) and by an external examiner specifically appointed to examine your thesis. The Thesis must provide evidence of originality of mind and critical judgement about your chosen aspect of education, and must contain material which is worthy of publication.

We expect our doctoral students to undertake 5 days skills training per year, if studying part-time.

There are a range of workshops and courses available from our DoctoralSkills catalogue which can help you develop skills, and are mapped against the UK national Researcher Development Framework. Other opportunities for skills training may come from employment-related training or external conference or workshop attendance.

  • Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.
  • Advanced qualification (MEd, MA or MPhil) in education or a related field. The successful completion (normally obtaining a performance of 60% or above in each unit) of two Masters level education-focused units, taken at the University of Bath (one of which should be the Research Methods in Education unit) will also be considered.

Professional requirements

Appropriate professional experience in the practice of education or a related field.

English Language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference.

  • Fees and funding

Fees and funding information for Doctor of Education EdD

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home or Overseas student.

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Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students. If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.

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Extra costs

Fees must be paid in in advance of tuition. Payment is made up of Unit Fees and a separate fee for the thesis. Fees may be paid on a per-unit basis and in instalments for the thesis.

Additional considerations:

  • cost of attending the Intensive Teaching Week
  • meeting your supervisor during the course and attending the final Viva Voce, including visa, travel, food and accommodation
  • IT equipment and miscellaneous costs to enable participation on the course from a distance
  • cost of printing the final hard-bound thesis

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card or bank transfer.

Paying your tuition fees

  • Application information
  • Programme title Doctor of Education EdD
  • Final award EdD
  • Mode of study Part-time
  • Course code RHED-APD01
  • Department Department of Education
  • Location University of Bath Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

Monday, 06 May 2024 for a Wednesday, 26 June 2024 start.

  • Regulator The Office for Students (OfS)

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If you are an international student, you can find out more about the visa requirements for studying in the UK .

For additional support please contact the Student Immigration Service for matters related to student visas and immigration.

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Study options

Part-time: 4-6 years †

£3,200 per year (2024/25) ‡

International fee

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

  • This Doctor of Education (EdD) online programme is ideal for individuals working across a wide variety of education, training, public service, industrial and community settings
  • Focus on a major independent study which will help you develop professionally and personally in your working role
  • Gain high-calibre research skills to generate new insights for the benefit of your own organisation and the education community at large
  • Take a structured approach to studying at doctoral level, supported at every stage by an academic team who have won national recognition for their high standards
  • Fit your studies around your personal commitments: we offer a flexible route to the EdD, with a minimum registration period of four years, to a maximum of eight
  • Choosing the online EdD means you can study from anyway in the world and study alongside other students from across the globe
  • If you’re a working professional committed to extending your understanding and improving your practice, the Doctor of Education (EdD) is an excellent choice

Education in its broadest sense

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) has a broad appeal: you do not have to be a teacher, tutor or lecturer to benefit, although many of our students are. The programme is relevant to professionals engaged in learning, teaching, coaching, development, education policy and administration in a vast range of occupations and settings.

Our students work in education establishments, health and social care, commercial management and training, organisational development and improvement, business and the voluntary sector.

Research with real impact

This is an intellectually challenging programme which will stimulate your professional thinking. We will equip you to undertake a substantial, robust research project in the context of your own practice.

Directly relevant to your working role, your independent study enables you to create and interpret new professional knowledge, support innovative approaches and improve quality. It yields significant benefits for your organisation and your own potential for further career development.

Structured for success

The first two years of the programme are designed to build your skills and confidence to engage in doctoral level study and to research your professional field. Individual tutorials offer essential guidance to steer your progress and thought-provoking seminar groups enable you to share experiences with fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds. This provides a firm foundation for your independent research during years three to six as you develop your thesis with the support of a team of supervisors.

Academic rigour and expertise

Our online Doctor of Education (EdD) course is delivered by research active tutors and supervisors who have expertise across all educational spheres and regularly publish their work. They will keep you abreast of latest thinking and challenge your perceptions.

The programme draws on the cutting-edge educational research for which the University is renowned in the following areas:

  • Career Development and Employability
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training
  • Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • Apprenticeship
  • Teacher Education and Innovation, and

Our staff conduct influential studies on a range of topics from early years to adult learning, and we provide consultancy for government, schools and the wider education sector. This means your learning will be underpinned by innovative ideas which are changing the face of the education professions.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

The teaching and research supervision phase are delivered entirely online. The two years of the taught phase of the programme combine self-study with asynchronous interactions to enhance your learning meaning, you will be given access to our instructional materials each week and you will complete the activities at your own pace. Our online learning resources include an online discussion board, multimedia, and a live tutorial. You will access all the study materials, seminars, and tutorials through our virtual learning environment. This will enhance your learning experience, as you will learn both with and from your peers and the academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments provide a variety and range of tasks which go beyond the requirements of the academic essay. These facilitate professionals such as yourself in articulating and disseminating your expertise.

Over the course of the whole programme, you will undertake the following:

  • An analysis of the nature of practitioner research within professional practice
  • A reflective literature review focused on your area of study
  • An extended essay justifying your chosen educational research methodology for your professional research. You will consider research ethics and an appreciation of contemporary philosophical debates about educational research
  • A viva voce examination of a professionally researched thesis

Pace of Study

This programme is only available part-time online and can be completed in four years. To achieve your Professional Doctorate, you will need to complete two 60-credit modules in year one and year two and an Independent Research for Practice module (420 credits) in year three and four, with a maximum registration period of eight years.

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. The postgraduate taught 60-credit modules are therefore taken over the whole academic year and we recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete 20-credits per 10-week trimester.

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Entry requirements

You will usually hold a masters award in an appropriate academic field, and have significant experience of work within your professional practice (usually two years minimum).

You should have high levels of competence in English. If necessary, this should be demonstrated by IELTS 6.5.

Your Research Proposal (containing the following detail):

  • A working title
  • One or more research questions
  • An indication of what the general topic area and main aim/s of your study is/are
  • The reasons why your proposal will contribute to knowledge (theory, practice, policy, etc.). The proposal should show there is a genuine gap in the literature, as the doctorate study will need to be genuine, original, and contribute to the area you are proposing to study
  • An explanation if there is a problem / gap in your proposed subject of study
  • The benefits that your proposed research will bring
  • A literature review that offers an overview in the specific area proposed to contribute to
  • A brief research design
  • Details of your proposed sample, data collection methods, methods of analysis, ethical considerations, and location of your proposed study
  • An overview of any relevant experience you already have in the areas you want to research

The process of selecting Doctorate applicants is very competitive. Please ensure you spend time reading on your topic area and existing research, interrogating the literature, and refining your proposal.

We are not permitted to comment on your proposal. Do consider sharing your research proposal with an active research staff or colleague to seek feedback prior to submitting your application and proposal for the online EdD.

Please note: All suitable applicants will be interviewed.

Fees and funding

† 2024/25 for new entrants.

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

UK/EU fee: £3,200 per year

International fee: £3,200 per year

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course based on the fee in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

If you are required to undertake any associate study or additional study as a condition of your offer for the programme, please be aware that the cost for this may be in addition to the programme cost stated above.

Please note that the instalment calendar for this programme is as follows:

Trimester in which course begins Initial payment up front (25%) 2nd payment (25%) due 3rd payment (25%) due 4th payment (25%) due Total payment made (100%)
Autumn Enrolment = £800 1 November = £800 1 February = £800 1 May = £800 £3,200

Please note: that any costs incurred as part of your Research Study are not included within your course fees.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

All applications will be reviewed by the University and suitable applicants will be invited to for an interview that will be held on Microsoft Teams.

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

  • Official photo identification such as a passport or driving licence
  • Proof of your qualifications such as copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
  • Your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • a satisfactory academic or employer reference from someone able to comment positively on your capability to study at the level of the programme you have applied for. It is your responsibility to obtain this reference, we do not contact your referees
  • Your Research Proposal (as detailed in the Entry requirements section ).

Our students choose this programme as a crucial part of their personal and professional development. You will gain impressive skills in research, analysis, critical and strategic thinking which will enhance your performance in your current role while paving the way to further career opportunities. The doctorate is often a stepping stone from a mid- career education professional to a more senior teaching and leadership roles such as, university discipline lead, senior lecturer, education consultant, director of training and development, senior curriculum specialist and instructional designer, and education policy analyst.

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Doctorate in Education EdD

This online distance learning programme offers a professionally relevant and academically rigorous opportunity for advanced study in education. The programme is designed for professionals at all levels in education, training and development, and in education-related fields.

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  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
  • Hard disk: 300GB
  • Sound card and microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)

The Doctorate is comparable to a PhD in terms of scale and rigour. It differs in that it provides a structured programme of advanced study in the first three years that is relevant to your profession as an educator and focused on the inter-relationship of research, policy and practice.

We focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.

This programme will give you the skills and confidence to further advance your career to the highest levels in education and education-related fields.

Study options

Duration: 5 years part-time

Years 1, 2 and 3

You will take six core courses (one per semester), each requiring participation in a study weekend in Glasgow. 

  • Critical reflection in professional learning and practice
  • Education policy
  • Educational futures
  • Ethics and education
  • Open studies one: Advancing research methods
  • Open studies two: Applying research methods

Years 4 and 5

Work towards the submission of a dissertation of 50,000 to 60,000 words, supported by an appropriate supervisory team.

Progressing at a normal pace, successful candidates can complete the Doctorate in five years. However, we realise that circumstances occasionally mean participants need to take a break from studies and the programme allows candidates to suspend their studies for a limited time period.

Entry requirements

Usually a Masters level qualification in education or a cognate subject and a minimum of five year of professional experience in education or a closely related field. As well as two academic references, you also need to submit samples of recent academic writing, such as an assignment or a dissertation, as part of your application.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 7.0 with no sub-test under 6.5
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test
  • IELTS One Skill Retake accepted.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 94; with Reading 19; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 21
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements , this includes TOEFL mybest.

Pearsons PTE Academic

  • 66 with no subtest less than: Listening 59;Reading 60; Speaking 59; Writing 74
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

  • 185 overall, no subtest less than 176

Oxford English Test

  • Oxford ELLT 8
  • R&L: OIDI level no less than 7 with Reading: 25-26 and Listening: 18-19
  • W&S: OIDI level no less than 8.

Trinity College Tests

Integrated Skills in English II & III & IV: ISEII Pass with Pass in all sub-tests.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country  and  within the last 6 years
  • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country  and  within the last 6 years

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024/25.

  • Part-time fee:  £3,990

International & EU

  • Part-time fee:  £8,670

Fees shown as per year. Irish nationals who are living in the Common Travel Area of the UK, EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status, and Internationals with Indefinite Leave to remain status can also qualify for home fee status.

Possible additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

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How to apply

Supervisors.

All Postgraduate Research Students are allocated a supervisor who will act as the main source of academic support and research mentoring in the dissertation stage of the EdD. You are not required to identify a potential supervisor in advance of your application.

Gather your documents

Before applying please make sure you gather the following supporting documentation:

  • Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  • Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  • Two references on headed paper and signed by the referee. One must be academic, the other can be academic or professional. References may be uploaded   as part of the application form or you may enter your referees contact details on the application form. We will then email your referee and notify you when we receive the reference.  We can also accept confidential references direct to  [email protected] , from the referee’s university or business email account.
  • CV, samples of written work as per requirements for each subject area.
  • Academic contact:  [email protected]     
  • If you have any questions about your application  before  you apply:  contact  the School of Education
  • If you have any questions  after  you have submitted your application:  contact our Admissions team
  • Any  references  may be submitted by email to:  [email protected]

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Doctorate in education (edd) (2024 entry).

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Course code

30 September 2024

5 years part-time

Qualification

Education Studies

University of Warwick

Find out more about our Doctorate in Education.

Education Studies at Warwick includes three overarching strands: Learning, Society and Cultures. These strands group academics with a shared interest in educational research and scholarship, providing a space for meaningful and multi-disciplinary collaborations across the Department and beyond.

The Department’s ethos is that educational research and scholarship exist to find solutions to questions of ‘what works’ in terms of policy and practice, but also to problematise existing policy and practice by posing new questions about the purposes and the future of education, in the UK and globally. The University of Warwick's Doctorate in Education welcomes world-class applicants with a commitment to educational research and challenge. The Department of Education Studies was ranked 6th in the UK for Education ( The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ).

Course overview

The Doctorate in Education is aimed at professionals who have several years’ experience in the education sector. We welcome students from all backgrounds and educational roles and settings. You might be a teacher, lecturer, educational leader, or in a specialist role enhancing educational provision. The focus is on professional issues and is available as a part-time course to complete alongside your work. The programme is a combination of foundation and advanced research methods, and optional modules within Education Studies. Then you will complete a 50,000-word thesis with the guidance of a specialist supervisor. You may be eligible to use your previous studies as accredited prior learning towards this course.

Teaching and learning

You will complete four Education Studies modules of your choice as well as two advanced research methods modules before moving on to the thesis. Depending on the modules you select, sessions consist of presentations, group discussions, case studies and self-study.

Assessment types vary depending on modules selected but may be a mixture of assignments and oral presentations. The final thesis is a written thesis which is then assessed in an oral examination.

Specific departmental guidance is available on preparing applications to the Department of Education Studies and on Preparing a Research Proposal .

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements.

A 2:1 undergraduate honours degree and at least two years' professional experience in any educational setting. Applications from those without a good honours degree but with substantial professional experience will be considered.

English language requirements

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  • With a minimum of 6.5 in the Writing component.

Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Our main research themes are:

  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Early years’ education
  • Philosophy of mind and thought
  • Educational leadership and development
  • Drama and theatre education
  • Creative and arts-based learning
  • Sociology of arts and religion
  • Modern Islamic pedagogies
  • Education inequalities and social justice
  • Sociologies of childhood and fatherhood
  • Education policy
  • Feminist and gender pedagogy
  • Higher education
  • International development

Full details of our research interests are listed on the Education Studies web pages Link opens in a new window .

You can also read our general University research proposal guidance.

Find a supervisor

It is advisable to locate a potential supervisor using the link below and to discuss with them the area you'd like to research.

We have over 20 full-time academic staff members with many research strengths who could be your supervisors. Explore our Staff Research Directory where you will be able to filter by research interests. Co-supervision with other Departments may be possible.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students will be classified as Home or Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

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If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

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Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad.

For departmental specific costs, please see the Modules tab on the course web page for the list of core and optional core modules with hyperlinks to our  Module Catalogue  (please visit the Department’s website if the Module Catalogue hyperlinks are not provided).

Associated costs can be found on the Study tab for each module listed in the Module Catalogue (please note most of the module content applies to 2022/23 year of study). Information about module department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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What does it mean to study and research Education?

Education provides us with an essential foundation for a fulfilling life in a thriving and equitable society – it underpins how we act and see the world and is the engine of social and cultural change and reproduction.

Education gives the basis for innovation in thought, culture and technology; it nurtures a sense of citizenship and social participation; it underpins our political and economic robustness; and is the foundation of the knowledge and skills that society shares.

Education is fundamentally about human development, knowledge and social justice. Education is something that everyone experiences: it is life-long and society wide; it is local as well as global; it takes place in the home, in prisons, in refugee centres, in places of worship, in the workplace, on the sports field, in the theatre, in the pub as well as in the classroom.

Education, like Politics, is inherently interdisciplinary – it is an applied field of study which draws on a range of disciplines including: sociology, psychology, history and philosophy. It is necessarily pluralist and eclectic, drawing upon a range of theoretical, conceptual and methodological perspectives.

Therefore, in studying and researching Education we work to understand the fundamental questions about why we educate, how we educate, who we educate and what purpose education serves.

Find out more about us on our website.

Our Postgraduate Taught courses

  • Childhood in Society (MA)
  • Drama and Theatre Education (MA)
  • Drama Education and English Language Teaching (MA)
  • Education (MA)
  • Educational Innovation (MA)
  • Educational Leadership and Management (MA)
  • Foundation Research Methods in Education (PGA)
  • Global Education and International Development (MA)
  • Islamic Education (PGA)
  • Islamic Education: Theory and Practice (MA)
  • Leading Educational Change and Improvement (PGA)
  • Psychology and Education (MA)

Our Postgraduate Research courses

  • Doctorate in Education (Ed.D)
  • Education (MPhil/PhD)

How to apply

The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.

For research courses that start in September and October 2024 the application deadline for students who require a visa to study in the UK is 2 August 2024. This should allow sufficient time to complete the admissions process and to obtain a visa to study in the UK.

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EdD Doctorate in Education

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The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an innovative programme designed for professionals in education and related areas who want to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of contemporary educational issues.

The EdD is a prestigious qualification that demonstrates skill in applied research and strong professional development. Successful candidates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Education and are entitled to use the title ‘Dr’.

The EdD is characterised by a professional orientation and a supportive structure. It aims to develop skills in educational research and enquiry and to use these in order to carry out research that will contribute to professional knowledge and practice. A growing number of professionals regard this style of doctoral programme as being a more appropriate vehicle for their further development than the traditional PhD.

The programme involves four years of part-time study, in two stages:

Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

This comprises the ‘taught’ component of the programme which will equip you with the skills and knowledge to support your engagement with the research and the practice field in which your project is located. This phase will involve you studying online modules on topics including: the context of education or health and social care research, literature reviewing, ethics, the principles of research design, and methods of data collection and analysis. Stage 1 is assessed through the submission of formative and summative assignments which focus on developing your literature review, refining your research questions and your proposal for research.

Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

Students who successfully complete Stage 1 will progress to Stage 2 - the ‘research’ component of the programme. During this time you will carry out your study and work towards completing your thesis. The research stage has a structured schedule of submission of assignments which will pace you through ‘work in progress’ pieces and provide regular opportunities for feedback on your progress.

In both stages (1&2) you will be supported through online seminar discussions and annual residential weekends at the OU’s campus in Milton Keynes. You will be allocated two supervisors – your main one in year 1 and a co-supervisor in year 2.

IET is responsible for the technology-enhanced learning (TEL) strand of the EdD programme. TEL students research a wide variety of areas. Examples include:

  • Developing online teacher communities to support communication and collaboration
  • Collaboration in online courses in Slovakia
  • An investigation into the role of professional learning on the online teaching identities of higher education lecturers
  • Developing digital historians in Italy
  • On the Scope of Digital Vocabulary Trainers for Learning in Distance Education

How to Apply

Applications for PhD study with IET should be made through The Open University’s Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. Find out more information here .

University of Buckingham

Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)

The University of Buckingham EdD is offered to experienced practitioners and postgraduate students who already hold an MA or equivalent.

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Course overview

  • Sep, 3 Years
  • Doctor of Education
  • From £5,400 per year *
  • School of Education

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The EdD programme at Buckingham brings together an exciting international research community. Our Doctoral Programme in Education promotes and endorses the highest level of knowledge, skills and experiences of leaders in schools and education in the belief that this recognition will impact significantly on practice. An EdD is at the same level as a PhD. Like a PhD the EdD requires students to make a unique contribution to knowledge. A distinguishing element of an EdD is that it is also required to ensure your study results in a tangible impact on practice.  This is because the EdD is a practitioner/professional doctorate which means that it is designed for professionals working in Education and that the focus of study should be on the nature of Educational practice.

Every student attends an Induction Programme and then is allocated two personal supervisors. You have a main supervisor who will be a critical friend through the process, and you will have approximately 12 hours of supervision each year. Students are supported by webinars and by two online study days in November and another two online study days in April. You are expected to attend these for the first three years. The online support guides you through some of the key elements of completing a doctorate, for example, research methodology, engaging with literature and philosophical frameworks.

The doctorate:

  • Can be completed in 3.5-6 years part-time – the average length of time to complete is usually 4-5 years.
  • Involves itself in the professional practice of educational practitioners.
  • Can be achieved by the creation of a portfolio or a traditional thesis.
  • Has a highly competitive course fee.
  • Is available completely online.

Doctoral Students will need to have demonstrated:

  • The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.
  • A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice.
  • The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.
  • A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry. ( QAA, The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies, 2024 ).

Course content

The University of Buckingham EdD is appropriate for experienced practitioners and postgraduate students who already hold an MA or equivalent. Doing a doctorate is likely to be one of the most intellectually challenging experiences of your professional career. Despite its challenges it is hoped that you will also find the experience hugely rewarding. The programme aims to enable those working in education to develop expertise through critical evaluation of research and scholarship in their chosen field of interest. Students will develop skills that allow them to critically analyse, engage in and reflect on educational issues. Whilst the intensity of the doctorate might seem daunting, the programme is designed for students to be able to complete study alongside their work in education.  Students will contribute to wider debate on education and reflect on the implications of their study for educators and learners. The expectation is that on average you will spend at least 15 hours a week studying.  This takes into account time spent with you supervisor, study days as well as your own independent research, reading and study.

We offer two routes to achieving the EdD at Buckingham:

  • a traditional thesis; or
  • a portfolio route

The choice of route will be decided in discussion with your supervisors.

Many people will be familiar with the structure of the doctoral thesis; it is a pathway that encompasses a review of literature followed by the pursuit of a research project and as the EdD is a professional thesis, this would also include an evaluation of the implications for practice that the work would have within a particular educational context. A thesis consists of a continuous narrative, divided up into chapters that form a whole. Each chapter contributes to the main idea and builds a logical sustained argument cumulatively from start to end.

By comparison a doctorate by submission of a professional portfolio reflects on a particular area of focus and interest through the production of a collection of different papers, all at Level 8 standard, that together form a whole. If you have already published articles and documents of different kinds, then the portfolio may be suitable for you.

It is important to recognise that both require the same level of academic rigour. A thesis is an extended piece of research that presents an argument supported by evidence and reference to relevant research. For the portfolio, it is the overriding argument that binds the varied contents of the portfolio together through use of linking documents. Both pathways also require an ability to be critical both in terms of one’s own position and also in the further development of your own critical voice when encountering a range of alternative views. Both pathways will also contribute something unique and original to your existing knowledge. Originality may lie in the discovery or collection of material never before used; or it may lie in a new approach to more familiar material.  Your progress with this work will be assessed at regular stages to determine your suitability to continue on the course.

Assessment for a doctorate is by the presentation of a 60,000 word thesis or portfolio that is examined by viva voce.

Entry Requirements

To apply for this course, you must have:

  • an Honours degree or equivalent and a Master’s Degree
  • at least three years’ experience as a practitioner in Education

The fees for this course are:

StartTypeFirst YearTotal cost
UK£5,400£16,200
INT£5,400£16,200

The University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI). If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.

Course fees do not include additional costs such as books, equipment, writing up fees and other ancillary charges. Where applicable, these additional costs will be made clear.

Applicants must also pay a £300 non-refundable Registration Fee.

Fees are invoiced for in September, at the beginning of the course, and can be paid in termly instalments or annually. Termly instalments can be arranged directly with the Finance department upon receipt of the invoice.

How To Apply

Please use the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom of this page; or contact The Faculty of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email: [email protected] .

Applicants are required to complete an application form (available via the ‘Apply’ button above) and to provide a doctoral research proposal. On application, you will receive a form to be completed. This requires you to consider:

  • the focus (topic) of your research and/or evidence (e.g. leadership, curriculum development, etc.)
  • an introduction to existing literature reflecting your focus
  • how at this point you think you will carry out the work
  • the impact you feel this could have on educational practice
  • your motivations for carrying out this work at this time and an introduction to your own educational context.

Your application will be assessed against a number of different criteria. These include:

  • the suitability of your topic as one that has the ability to be developed at this level
  • your ability to communicate effectively in English
  • the way in which your area of interest relates to your own professional experience and background
  • your academic record to date.

These applications will be reviewed and every applicant will then be interviewed by the Course Director. Applicants should have a focus linked to their professional remit and provide evidence that significantly contributes to the application of knowledge that is relevant locally, nationally and internationally.

Before being able to join us, you will need to supply:

  • copy of your degree certificate
  • copy of your Masters certificate
  • copy of your passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)
  • head and shoulder style photo for your University identity card

Closing date for applications: 12 July 2024 for September 2024 entry.

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Gain a professional doctorate whilst working and transform your professional practice through robust, rigorous research. Our programme provides a solid foundation for undertaking a practice-focused doctoral research study.

Study Information

At a glance.

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The Professional Doctorate of Education (EdD) is a distinctive two-part programme that offers you the opportunity to develop your capacity as a reflexive researcher before moving on to complete your own original doctoral thesis.

The programme is ideal for anyone working in any part of the education sector (school, university, museum) as well as anyone working in education-related services or disciplines such as health and social care. A professional doctorate is a great way to develop your expertise in a particular area of your practice and can enhance your employability.

Our EdD combines taught and research-based learning. Part One, taught over Years 1 and 2, includes four core courses (see below), each designed to help your advance your understanding of your own practice and of research. Part Two, across years 3-6, is focused on developing your own original doctoral-level research. This element is facilitated through a co-constructive approach with a supervisory team with expertise in your specific area.

This programme structure is ideal for you if you are returning to academic study after some time or are interested in thinking through some different research options before committing to a doctoral topic for your thesis.

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) can be studied completely online. So you can be working and living anywhere in the World and work with us at the University of Aberdeen.

Study days in October and February introduce the core learning for each module. These study days are offered in-person or online, although students are strongly encouraged to attend in person. These allow you to connect and collaborate with other doctoral students and academics.

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What You'll Study

Compulsory courses.

Stage 1 Module 1: Identifying and Articulating Issues in Professional Practice (Credits: 45)

This module will help you begin your research journey through a series of critical reflections on your professional biography to identify and articulate particular issues in your professional practice.

Module 2: Contextualising Issues in Professional Practice (Credits: 45)

In this module, you will identify the links between a researchable professional issue and its wider contexts. This could include sociological, historical/temporal, geographic/spatial and policy/institutional dimensions of context.

Module 3: Researching Issues in Professional Practice (Credits: 45)

In this module, you will engage with the epistemological, theoretical, practical and ethical decisions and dilemmas that are part of designing any research study. You will consider these issues as you move from a researchable professional issue to a feasible and defensible research design.

Module 4: Analysing and impacting Issues in Professional Practice (Credits: 45)

This module will support you in conducting the analysis of research data and ensuring that your research has some impact on professional practice, or on perceptions of professional practice, in your field. This module has a dual focus, the first is on your capacity to make sense of and interpret research data. In doing so you will consider different ways in which data might be analysed in order to derive meaning and generate new knowledge. The second focus is designed to support you in ensuring that your doctoral research positively impacts in some way on the conduct or understanding of the professional practice.

Stage 2 Doctoral Thesis (Credits: 360)

Your doctoral thesis is an individual piece of original research. You will conduct this under the supervision of a team of academic staff members. The thesis will demonstrate your ability to undertake and complete coherent pieces of research which would merit publication. The thesis will be approximately 50,000 words and examined as a written text and orally through a viva.

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page .

Please refer to our Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact [email protected] .

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Additional fee information.

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses .
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our Tuition Fees page .

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Scholarships

Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3,000 to £8,000, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here .

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database .

Related Programmes

You may also be interested in the following related postgraduate degree programmes.

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Why Study Professional Doctorate of Education?

  • Undertake doctoral-level studies focused on the context of your specialism. 
  • Develop new knowledge or applications to impact your professional practice.
  • Received support and guidance from experienced educational professionals. 
  • Flexibility to study anywhere in the world. 

Interested in this programme?

Entry requirements, qualifications.

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Good honours degree (normally 2.1 at least) or MEd (or equivalent) or MRes (or equivalent) and a minimum of 3 years relevant educational professional experience.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here .

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Additional details for international applicants, including country-specific information, are available here .

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded postgraduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

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Doctor of Education (EdD)

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A Doctorate degree in Education (EdD) combines the research methodology of a PhD with a programme of taught modules.

The EdD provides you with the opportunity to reflect on educational issues through structured teaching and study, informed by the most up-to-date research and inspection findings. You will also engage in original research under the guidance of two supervisors.

As a Doctor of Education, you will gain an advanced understanding of a range of educational issues, developing the skills and knowledge required to conduct and evaluate independent research.

The EdD programme is comprised of a series of taught modules, including research methods which we assess through written assignments. You will also submit a thesis of 55,000 words based on your own research.

We designed the Doctorate in Education programme to meet the needs of professionals in education, and related disciplines, who wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding of educational issues, keep abreast of a range of educational topics, and refine and develop their research skills.

The EdD programme combines modular study with research, and comprises three components:

Taught modules

  • Thesis preparation and an upgrade viva
  • A research thesis

You will study:

  • four research methods modules
  • two specialist subject modules
  • and then choose either a specialist subject or research methods module to complete the component.

You may take directed study modules for your specialist subject modules.

The EdD can be taken full-time (three years) or part-time (five years).

Areas of supervision

Postgraduate researchers are at the centre of the School of Education’s work.

We undertake impactful research in key areas of educational policy and practice, placing particular emphasis on the relevance of our work for practitioners and policymakers.

Our supervision offers a wide breadth of research activity across our research centres and groups:

  • Collective for Curriculum, Pedagogy and Policy
  • Digital Education
  • Inclusion, Childhood and Youth
  • Language Education

Many of our academic staff are also involved in the Leeds Social Science Institute which fosters interdisciplinary research collaborations and provides training for our postgraduate researchers.

The difference between an EdD and a PhD

The PhD and EdD are both supervised research degrees involving the submission of a thesis and a viva voce (oral) examination.

The PhD is awarded entirely on the basis of research, leading to a thesis of up to 100,000 words. 

The EdD combines taught modules and research, leading to a thesis of up to 55,000 words, and is also called a professional doctorate.

The taught component of the EdD means that this route is suitable for people without a Masters degree.

The EdD programme forms part of our Continuing Professional Development provision.

We do not offer the EdD on a split-site basis or by distance learning due to the taught aspects of the course.

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Doctor of Education (EdD)

Why choose this course.

The EdD is a professional doctorate for education professionals in all fields and settings. If you are working as a teacher or manager in early years, school, college, university, health and social care, library, prison or a museum or heritage service, this course will enhance your career. It will help you extend your professional understanding and develop advanced skills for research, reflection and evaluation.

The course combines contextual modules, critical self-reflection and independent research. Modules address issues of education professionalism, inter-professionalism, policy and practice, the philosophy and practice of educational research, the design of a research proposal and a substantial professional-relevant research project.

Our academic staff have extensive experience of working with multi-agency partners, researching professionals at masters and doctoral level, and leading national and international research-active projects.

Mode Duration Start date
Part time 6 years January 2025

Taught phase of course: 2.5 years

Research phase of course: 1.5 – 3.5 years

Applications accepted: 1 February 2023 – 30 November 2024

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • We offer a supportive and flexible learning environment to help busy professionals balance work and study.
  • We provide research facilities, research training opportunities, and research-active experienced supervisors from the wider Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education.
  • We have strong relationships with a number of multi-agency partners, providing students with extensive networking opportunities.

What our students say

It has given me a structure and a way to self-reflect on my learning and professional development as well as my personal development. I think it has been pivotal in my journey, improving my skills and confidence in teaching online.

Student, Doctor of Education (EdD)

I love how it has become part of 'my time' that includes reflection and learning, a fusion of personal and professional journey.

What you will study

The programme combines contextual modules with independent research. Issues are introduced, reconsidered and further developed in successive modules towards the research proposal, which is the ‘gateway' to the independent Research Project, the 'capstone' to the EdD. In the first two years, the programme contains taught modules which address issues of education professionalism, interprofessionalism, policy and practice, the philosophy and practice of educational research and the design of a research proposal. These modules will prepare you to carry out a substantial professional-relevant research project in the following years.

The learning experiences are delivered over weekends using a day conference format at the Kingston Hill campus of Kingston University London.

Final years

The focus in the first year is on concepts, principles and practice which define professionalism, professional identities and professional practice in education-related contexts, and policy and practice in education, all of which would be valued by education professionals. You are required to attend four full learning weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in February, April, June and September. You are expected to attend the EdD Conference Day in November. The learning weekends are designed to provide face-to-face sessions (seminars and workshops) for each of the two modules offered in the first year.

The EdD Conference, which marks the end of the learning year, is not compulsory for first-year students, but is recommended as an excellent opportunity to meet students from other years and active researchers and learn from their experiences.

Core modules

Education professionals as knowledgeable doers.

This module will bring together students from a wide variety of educational contexts and provide an opportunity to share and explore your own practice and professional knowledge and learn from others. The module will use face-to-face and technology enhanced methods to facilitate interprofessional learning and you will be facilitated to engage in and critically discuss the methods for exploring practice knowledge. The module will also explore and develop an advanced understanding of the concepts, principles and practice which define professionalism, professional identities and professional practice in education related contexts.

Policy transfer and analysis

This module will critically examine the local and global contextualisation of education policy and transfer alongside debates surrounding neoliberal perspectives. The content of this module is designed to integrate with elements of module one in cross-cutting themes to allow you to critically reflect upon the potential relationship of the education professional to policy. By examining the broader context of policy development and engaging in discussion from a range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, with education providing the loci of study, you will critically examine the usefulness of overarching ideas. Focussing more specifically upon self-selected policy-related texts which are relevant to your role and setting, you will critically analyse their formation and implementation by applying advanced methodological approaches in order to reflect upon and examine your role and responsibilities as an education professional in relation to policy.

The focus in the second year is on theories of knowledge and research methods for educational and social research, and critical examination of ethical and practical issues in a context of professional practice which will support the development of a research proposal relevant to your professional role and setting. The development of the research proposal starts after the completion of the third module in Year 2 and can be continued and completed in Year 3. The research proposal is necessary to ensure your readiness for the Research Project.

In this second year, you are required to attend two full learning weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in February and April for the "Knowledge and Practice in Educational Settings" module, two Saturday learning events in July and September for "The Research Proposal" module, and the Conference Day in November.

Knowledge and practice in educational settings

In this module, you will critically examine theories of knowledge in educational and social research and their ontological, epistemological and methodological basis, and relate them to the field of study and particular research interests in which you are working. Through engaging in a dialogic mode of learning and critical reflection, critical examination of the relationships between language, knowledge, power and argument, you will consider the contested nature of knowledge and practice, how and why people do research, and how research relates to your profession. Through using face-to-face and technology-enhanced methods, you will critically examine philosophies that bring meaning to what constitutes education and theories of knowledge production, particularly relevant to educational research and practice context. The module, building on what you learnt from the previous two modules, will help you to develop a rationale of your position and what you want to find out. It will equip you with knowledge and skills to design, analyse, conduct and critically evaluate research and prepare you to develop the working methodology and research design for your professional doctoral research proposal in the next module.

Research proposal (Start in Year 2 and continue in Year 3)

Shared over Year 2 and 3: 60 credits

This module requires the development of a research proposal and forms the transition point between the taught modules and the Research Project. It is a requirement that students pass all modules, including the Research Proposal, before proceeding to the Research Project.

Drawing upon subject knowledge acquired during your studies in the modules prior to the Research Proposal, you will apply your understanding of epistemological, methodological and research design principles. Critical examination of ethical and practical issues in a context of professional practice will support the development of sharply-focussed research questions relevant to your professional role and setting. Successful completion of this module will ensure that you are enabled to undertake the professionally-relevant and academically advanced applied educational research requisite for contributing to new knowledge to your professional field.

In Year 3, the focus is on the completion of the research proposal and the preparation for undertaking your independent research; a substantial piece of professionally relevant and focused original research.

In the third year, you are required to attend Saturday events only taking place in February, April, July and September and the Conference Day in November. All events focus on providing opportunities for presentations and discussions of your research proposal, or work in progress on your research project, in a friendly and safe environment and getting useful feedback from peers and tutors.

Research project

210 credits

Guided by the content of the research proposal, this module encompasses all activities concerned with the generation of the research project constituting the third and final stage of the programme. It is not a taught module like the previous four, but it comprises opportunities for peer-support, mutual critique, self-critique, and personal support through a supervision programme. The module enables you to undertake a substantial piece of professionally relevant and focused original research and helps you to generate new knowledge that you will be able to disseminate to make an impact on professional practice. As this module constitutes the research project phase of a doctoral programme, you will be overseen by the Faculty Research Degrees Committee (FRDC) and have access to all available support offered for researchers within the Faculty.

In Year 4 and the following years, you will engage with activities concerned with the generation and completion of the research project. Using opportunities for peer-support, mutual critique, self-critique, and personal support through a supervision programme, you will learn and become able to conduct research, generate new knowledge and disseminate that knowledge to make an impact on professional practice.

In each of the final years, you are required to attend a minimum of three Saturday events, including the conference and are expected to present and discuss your work in progress with your peers and tutors. Your thesis will be submitted between years 4 to 6.

Entry requirements

Typical offer.

The normal entry requirements are a masters degree in Education (180 M level credits), or a discipline allied to Education.

Please note: Most students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area and classified as overseas fee paying, are not eligible to apply for part-time courses due to UK student visa regulations. For information on exceptions please visit the UKCISA website or email our CAS and Visa Compliance team .

Additional requirements

Candidates are expected to be currently in professional practice, but those who are not and are able to demonstrate appropriate and significant experience, may also be considered. Education professionals may make applications at any stage of their professional career.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate the potential to study at level 8, a commitment to professional learning in an education-related context, and an ability to work collaboratively in exploring and developing ideas.

You will need to submit a 2000 word statement of the proposed research project with your application, guidance is available on the apply for this course page.

If your first language is not English, you need to demonstrate a good standard of written and spoken English and have an IELTS score of 7 overall and not less than 6 in any section, as detailed in Kingston University's admissions regulations.

Prior learning achieved on programmes at other recognised higher education institutions may be accredited in exceptional circumstances; viz. where there are satisfactorily completed doctoral-level modules with comparable content and credit values to the modules for which exemption is sought. Requests for recognition of prior and/or experiential learning are documented under the categories: Certificated Prior Learning, Formal Learning which has not been assessed and Experiential Learning. All prior certificated learning requires the presentation of relevant certificates and/or confirmation from the award-bearing body and experiential learning requires verification. Guidance is provided to applicants to complete the university form H1 ‘Student request for recognition of prior and/or experiential learning'. Specifically, requests can be made for Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Teaching and assessment

The learning, teaching and assessment principles are designed to facilitate the process of researching professional practice by enabling you to share with your peers, in dialogue and reflection, problems and issues that warrant contextualised empirical enquiry. Critical support is provided by tutors and peers at seminars, workshops and lectures in the exploration of professionally relevant concepts to illuminate workplace challenges. Learning experiences are designed to enable discussion, dialogue and argumentation so that genuine collaborative learning can facilitate processes of enquiry and professionally-oriented knowledge production.

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking and preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS – the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's  support services . 

Your workload

  • Year 1: 10% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity.
  • Year 2: 9% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and  teaching activity.
  • Year 3: 6% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and  teaching activity.
  • Year 4+: 5% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and  teaching activity in each year after Year 4.

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Assessment comprises written assignments (essays), oral presentation, a written doctoral thesis and a viva voce oral examination.

The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:

  • Year 1: 100% coursework (two written assignments)
  • Year 2: 100% coursework (one written assignment and one oral presentation – the oral presentation might take place at the beginning of Year 3)
  • Years 4-6: 100% coursework (a written thesis and a viva voce oral examination anytime between years 4-6).

Feedback summary

We feed back commentaries on drafts for summative module assignments to prompt reflection and revision or refinement of argument, perspective, exemplars, etc. We also provide constructive feedback, verbal and written, for formative tasks to inform and feed-forward to your summative assessment. During taught sessions, work in progress seminars allow you to articulate, discuss and critically examine your developing understanding, contributing to one another's learning. As autonomous learners, you are also encouraged to reflect on your own learning and to maintain a reflective journal from the onset of the course in order to identify specific action points which support your progress.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 10 students and lecture sizes are normally 10-20. However, this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

This course is delivered jointly by the Schools of Education, Midwifery and Social Work, and Nursing of the Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education. Experienced and research-active academic staff from the Faculty comprise the EdD team for the core teaching and supervision. The EdD team is keen to support you, the student, undertaking doctoral research into professional practice to successful completion. The Faculty is committed to developing learning opportunities for professionals regionally and nationally. All calendar years are enriched by the use of the wider research community within the Faculty and the University as an additional context to your learning. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to attend Faculty research seminars and conferences, Graduate Research School training events, library workshops, and to make full use of opportunities to network within the context of the University's research strategy. Some of these events may be scheduled during the weekday and others may be available in the evening.

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Facilities at kingston hill.

There is a wide range of facilities at our Kingston Hill campus, where this course is based.

Kingston Hill is a leafy, hillside campus situated about three miles away from Kingston town centre. It is a quiet, secure place to study with easy access to London, meaning it provides the best of all worlds for our students.

Find out more about the Kingston Hill campus in the  virtual tour .

One of the highlights of the Kingston Hill campus is the modern library, called the Nightingale Centre after Florence Nightingale, who was a regular visitor to Kingston Hill.

The library provides a spacious and attractive place for students to meet and study and features a cafe, more PCs and zoned study areas. Long opening hours give you plenty of access to specialist education books, journals and online resources.

Find out more about the Nightingale Centre in the  virtual tour .

Computer and online facilities

There are many computers (PCs and Macs) available for you to use across the Kingston Hill campus when you need a place to study. Access to the wireless network across the campus means you can also work from your laptop or mobile device.

Using IT to support your studies is crucial. Kingston has an innovative virtual learning environment called Canvas. This allows you to access course materials and contact fellow students and staff while away from the campus.

Course fees and funding

2025/26 fees for this course.

  • Doctor Part time Home fee TBC, subject to Research Councils UK publication

International 

  • Doctor Part time International fee £8,650

2024/25 fees for this course

  • Doctor Part Home time fee £2,393

International

  • Doctor Part time International fee £8,300

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan . You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

As well as tuition fee loans, there are a range of student funding options available to help you fund your postgraduate studies, including the following:

  • Doctoral Loans  are available to UK nationals and UK residents from Student Finance England.
  • Partial or complete funding for EdD students may be possible from your employer.
  • For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at Kingston University, please visit the student funding options webpage .

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan . You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

After you graduate

As a researching professional in this programme, you will develop professional links and connections between research and education-related settings. Through researching critical questions and looking for answers to fundamental educational and social issues, you will deepen and enhance your employability skills to advance your existing career or develop a new one in an area of growing importance in modern society.

Course changes and regulations

The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course.  Course changes explained .

Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.

Regulations governing this course  can be found on our website.

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  • The Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree - A Guide

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The EdD degree, or Doctorate in Education, is designed for experienced teachers and educational professionals, combining practice-based work with your own original research. EdD programmes differ from academic PhDs in Educationas they focusing on the inter-relationships between pedagogical theory and practice.

They provide an ideal qualification for candidates seeking to move into senior leadership or policy roles within education.

This page explains what a EdD degree is, including information on course structure, entry requirements, fees and funding. We’ve also explained the difference between an EdD and a conventional PhD.

What is a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree?

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree is a specialised, practice-based , professional doctorate in Education. It typically combines a series of taught modules with a period of independent research towards an original doctoral dissertation. An EdD offers research skills and career development to professionsals in the field of education.

Doctorate of Education (EdD)
Professional doctorate
Education
3-5 years (full time) / 5-8 years (part time)
UK, USA & Worldwide

Essentially, this qualification represents the highest degree of education someone can attain in Education. But, whilst an EdD is equivalent to a PhD , and there are several differences between these two qualifications.

Will an EdD qualify me to teach?

It’s important to note that an Education Doctorate is not a form of initial teacher training (applicants will normally already have experience working in education). If you wish to qualify as a teacher you should consider a PGCE or other postgraduate teaching qualification.

EdD vs DEd vs Education Doctorate vs Doctor of Education

You may see some universities referring to these programmes as a ‘Doctor of Education’, ‘Education Doctorate’ or ‘Doctorate in Education’, variously abbreviated to ‘EdD’ or ‘DEd’. Don’t get confused: all are equivalent qualifications.

How much does a Doctorate in Education cost?

Fees for an EdD programme will vary by institution, but will often be slightly higher than for PhDs. UK students can typically expect to pay £2,500-3,000 per year for part-time programmes. Full-time programmes will be more expensive.

There are no general funding systems specifically offered for Education Doctorates. However, you may be able to access other forms of doctoral funding, such as:

  • UK doctoral loans – EdD programmes (and other professional doctorates) are eligible for PhD loans . These allow UK students to borrow up to £27,265 towards a doctoral degree.
  • Project funding – Doctor of Education degrees are normally awarded through broad programmes of study. However, some specific projects may be listed with funding. You can search for advertised PhD projects here at FindAPhD.
  • University scholarships – Universities may also offer general funding for some students on their doctoral programmes (including EdD courses). The best way to check this is to find an Education Doctorate programme and investigate funding options at that institution.
  • Research Council funding - The UK Research Councils provide studentships for doctoral research. Occasionally, this support may also be available for professional doctorates.
  • Employer sponsorship – An EdD should substantially increase your professional skills and prepare you for more senior roles in education. It’s possible (but by no means guaranteed) that a present or future employer may value this expertise enough to support your qualification.

You should note that Doctorates in Education aren’t normally eligible for teacher training funding (these courses aren’t a qualification pathway for the teaching profession).

Who should study for a Doctorate in Education?

EdD programmes offer advanced training for Education professionals and equip them to carry out original doctoral research , reflecting on (and feeding into) their professional practice.

This means that an EdD may be suitable for you if you have a background in teaching (or a similar role in education) and are:

  • looking to work in new roles related to educational policy (for governments, think-tanks, universities or other bodies)
  • seeking to move into a very senior leadership or management role within a school, college or university (or a network of such organisations)
  • interested in the opportunity to draw on your experience whilst contributing to research in pedagogical theory and / or professional practice in education

These are just representative career suggestions and you may have other (equally good) reasons for considering a professional Doctorate in Education. If you aren’t sure whether an EdD is the right degree for you, consider discussing your interest (and objectives) with a prospective tutor or programme administrator, who will be able to advise you on potential careers with a Doctorate in Education.

What is the difference between a PhD and an EdD?

A PhD is an academic doctorate , earned through independent research, while an EdD is a professional doctorate , combining taught modules with a smaller-scale research component. These are the other main differences between the qualifications:

  • A PhD is studied largely independently; most EdD programmes are cohort-based, with students proceeding through the taught part of the course together.
  • A PhD is a postgraduate degree, studied after a Bachelors or Masters; an EdD often requires additional professional experience as well as previous academic qualifications.

It’s important to recognise that both the PhD and the EdD can be worthwhile qualifications for experienced teachers looking to develop their careers. However, they do so in different ways.

Whereas a teacher might pursue a PhD in order to advance their specialist subject knowledge (and perhaps move into research and teaching within higher education) an EdD is more useful for someone looking to work in educational policy or leadership.

What are the entry requirements for a Doctorate in Education?

The admissions criteria for EdD degrees will be set by individual programmes, but are likely to include some or all of the following:

  • A Masters degree . This doesn’t necessarily need to be in Education, but relevance to your professional practice and / or research interests may help support your application.
  • Evidence of your ability to carry out research . This could be based on your Masters dissertation, or other work. A research proposal may also be required as part of your application .
  • Relevant professional experience . Most programmes require between three and five years' work in teaching, or other areas of education.

Exact requirements will vary by programme and some flexibility may be allowed to otherwise promising applicants.

If, for example, you do not hold a Masters degree, you may be admitted on the basis of your professional experience and suitability for academic research. Alternatively, some programmes may not require professional experience for candidates whose focus is on policy rather than practice-based work.

Applying for an EdD without professional experience

Most candidates for an EdD will have worked in education, but some programmes will consider applicants with a more academic background. If so, an appropriately specialised Masters degree, such as an MEd (Master of Education) may be required.

What is the application process for a Doctorate in Education?

You should normally apply directly to universities for admission to their Education Doctorate programmes (because the EdD is not a teacher-training qualification, admission to courses is not centrally managed).

However, it’s a good idea to contact a prospective supervisor before you apply. Some universities will make this a formal requirement, but it’s a good idea to do so in any case: discussing your application in advance will ensure the course is a good fit for you and that your research ideas are appropriate.

General application requirements

As with other professional doctorate degrees, successfully applying for an EdD will require you to demonstrate both a strong track record and promising research ideas. This will usually involve:

  • Evidence of academic qualifications. You may need to supply a transcript of your Masters degree and / or extracts from your dissertation (demonstrating your research experience).
  • Evidence of professional experience. This should be reflected on your CV and in your personal statement .
  • Academic references . These should support your suitability for doctoral research.

The EdD research proposal

Though it differs from a PhD, the EdD is still a doctoral degree, involving independent research towards an original thesis. Most programmes will therefore ask you to submit a research proposal as part of your application.

You should check the guidelines for your programme, but an EdD proposal will normally cover:

  • The topic you would like to research (its objectives and potential value)
  • The methods you expect to use to collect and analyse qualitative or quantitative data
  • The fit between this project and the programme you are applying to (including the research interests and expertise of potential supervisors)
  • The link between your research ideas and your academic or professional experience (confirming your suitability for this project)

However, you may find that your proposal doesn’t need to be extensive as it would for an academic PhD: whereas a PhD proposal is normally around 3,000 words, an EdD proposal may only need to be 1-2,000.

Writing a good research proposal

The principles of good proposal writing apply equally to all types of doctorate. Learn more with our guide.

What’s it like to study for a Doctorate in Education?

The EdD works in a similar way to other professional doctorates, but some features are more specific. For example, your programme may involve substantial practice-based work, within schools, colleges or other educational organisations.

How long is a Doctor of Education degree?

The length of an EdD depends on the study intensity of the programme. Full-time courses usually take between 3-5 years to complete. However, part-time study is generally more common, with most of these courses taking between 5-8 years (some Doctor of Education programmes only offer a part-time option).

How will my programme be organised?

Most EdD programmes have two distinct phases :

During the first part of your degree you will complete a series of modules or other organised training. Some of these will explore different topics in pedagogical theory and practice. Others will focus on research skills.

After completing a sufficient number of modules, you will progress to the second part of your programme. This will involve independent research towards your doctoral thesis, usually undertaken with the guidance and support of a designated supervisor .

What will I study?

Each Doctor of Education programme will feature its own selection of modules – this is part of what makes individual degrees unique. However, you can generally expect to cover topics such as:

  • Pedagogical theory – This could involve thinking about the cognitive and development science underpinning education processes and / or the effectiveness and principles of different professional practices. Some programmes may specialise in issues related to different learning environments or levels of education (primary, secondary, tertiary, etc).
  • Educational policy – This is likely to mean considering the broader administration and design of educational systems, within organisations or by governments. Again, opportunities may exist to specialise in different key policy areas (school systems, higher education, adult education, etc).
  • Data collection and analysis – Your programme will probably involve some training in assembling qualitative and quantitative data sets and reflecting on your findings. This will be useful during some coursework, but will be especially important during your doctoral research project.
  • Research methods – Most programmes will also feature specific training in wider skills, processes and methodologies for professional research in Education. This could involve learning about key issues such as project design, management and ethics.

Bear in mind that this is only a representative selection. The specific modules offered at actual universities will reflect their interests and expertise. Some EdD programmes may also have a more specific focus , perhaps focussing on particular areas such as educational leadership, higher education policy or other topics.

What’s it like to research an EdD thesis?

The EdD is a doctoral degree and, as such, it normally concludes with an original research project and thesis. Here you will select a specific area of inquiry and investigate it with the support of a supervisor.

Your thesis will be a significant piece of work, but it won’t be as extensive as it would for an academic PhD and you won’t spend as much time researching it.

A PhD research project normally takes at least three years of full-time research to complete and results in a thesis of around 80-100,000 words. An EdD research project, on the other hand, normally only runs for the final year or two of a full-time Education Doctorate (or the part-time equivalent) and produces a thesis of between 40,000 and 60,000 words (the exact length will be determined by the balance of taught and research components on your programme).

In addition, whereas a PhD thesis is normally based entirely on original academic research, an EdD thesis may also reflect on practice-based exercises, such as real-world projects and case studies.

EdD without a thesis?

Normally, an EdD requires a thesis (it’s a doctorate, after all). However, some programmes will allow students to complete a selection of modules and exit with a PGDip, MEd or other taught postgraduate qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of a Doctor of Education degree varies depends on the specific stage of your programme:

  • During the first part of the degree your modules will normally be assessed using coursework essays (of between 3,000 and 5,000 words). Practical exercises and research training may also be monitored through written progress reports.
  • During the second part of the degree you will focus on producing your doctoral thesis. This will normally be assessed using a formal viva voce (oral examination) process, much like a traditional PhD.

Doctor of Education programmes aren’t normally graded (you will simply earn the degree and the title ‘Dr’) but you will need to make satisfactory progress on your modules to proceed to the research stage. Failure to pass your EdD viva may require you to correct and resubmit your research, or, in extreme cases, exit the programme with a non-doctoral degree (this is rare).

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About this course.

Our Doctor of Education programme will enhance your understanding of education in the broadest sense, helping you to directly relate your learning to current practice.

  • Ideal for professionals working in the education sector
  • Harness your passion and experience
  • Take your personal development and pedagogical knowledge to the next level
  • Enhance your understanding of how education works
  • Relate your learning back to your practice

This specially designed programme gives you the chance to reflect on how you deliver your role and how you can transform practice — for both yourself and others.

Focusing on education in its broadest sense, the EdD is relevant to people who work in a wide variety of educational settings, including: the compulsory and non-compulsory sectors, formal and non-formal education settings, and professional, workplace and life-long learning.

At LJMU's School of Education, we are an active community of academics and students, who are committed to education that inspires learning and enriches communities.

Our high quality research and teaching environment, encourages students to analyse the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technological context of educational theory and practice.

You will join a dynamic and diverse group of people who share a deep commitment to the investigation and enhancement of educational experiences of individuals, families and communities in a wide range of settings and in collaboration with many different partners. These include schools; early, further and higher education providers, as well as voluntary, public and private sector organisations.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students.

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages .

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Employability

Further your career prospects.

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

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Course modules, discover the building blocks of your programme.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

There are four taught modules, a thesis and a reflection module.

Core modules

The education professional 10 credits.

Students will look at their professional work in education alongside key academic ideas about identity, culture, leadership and change.

Theory, Practice and Policy in Education 20 credits

Students will interrogate literature, research findings and policies that shape education practice.

Thesis 240 credits

Students will undertake research in an area relevant to their own professional practice.

Reflection 60 credits

Students will undertake a reflective process capturing their personal development, experiences and the knowledge, skills and understanding developed throughout the programme and including a potential impact analysis and dissemination plan.

Planning for Educational Research 30 credits

Students will consider the different key elements of appropriate and effective educational research design.

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The programme is in two parts: a two-year taught element followed by a two and a half year thesis phase. The first part is delivered via bootcamps (Friday evening/Saturday all day), which take place once a month from September (exact dates will be confirmed and the frequency may vary slightly). The second part involves working closely with a supervisor in the development, management and writing of a significant piece of research.

Teaching methods

The Doctor of Education degree programme emphasises the development of leading edge knowledge to enhance professional practice in education. Your supervisor will support you to:

  • contribute to the creation of new knowledge through original research and other aspects of advanced scholarship
  • extend the forefront of educational practice by producing academic work that merits publication
  • systematically analyse a substantial body of contemporary knowledge associated with their area of professional practice
  • conceptualise, design and implement research that generates new knowledge, applications or theoretical understanding at the forefront of professional practice in education
  • critically reflect on the relationship between theory and practice in education

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Two of the major assessed pieces in the taught phase will 'mimic' journal articles with the expectation that the material submitted should be of publishable quality. You will be encouraged to follow up your success in these tasks by submitting the pieces to peer-reviewed journals. Additional assessment tasks include a presentation and aligned reflection on professional identity. Finally, you will submit a research proposal, designed to prepare you for working on your thesis.

The thesis is 60,000 word document, which is complemented by a 5,000 word reflection on your learning in an academic and professional context. Your reflection will also discuss the practical applications of your thesis findings, and will be assessed by a viva voce (oral examination).

The assessment strategy is based on skills and intellectual preparation for the thesis phase, along with an emphasis on factors associated with the dissemination.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning.

Diahann Gallard

Dr Diahann Gallard

Programme leader.

Diahann is the Programme Leader of the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme in the School of Education. She is passionate about wellbeing in the education context and the development of education leaders. Diahann's research interests are varied and interdisciplinary and include; mental health initiatives in schools, education of children in secure accommodation (children who are locked up and infants who are resident in the secure estate) and educational anthrozoology/animal-supported learning in education settings.

Being part of the EdD programme gives you an opportunity to unravel the multi-disciplinary nature of education and gain skills for making an original contribution to knowledge and practice

School facilities

What you can expect from your school.

Based in the new Education Building in the heart of the Mount Pleasant campus, the School of Education features a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, including a pedagogy room, lecture rooms, computing facilities and a nearby Outdoor Learning Zone for our Natural Curriculum projects. Students also benefit from independent study spaces, a close-by cafeteria and library, and access to student welfare and support.

You will need:

Qualification requirements, postgraduate degree (required for research programmes).

  • to demonstrate successful masters level study or equivalent

Undergraduate degree

  • a good first degree (usually 2:1) 

Alternative qualifications considered

  • experience commensurate with undertaking a professional doctorate. This usually means that you will have a professional role in a compulsory, tertiary, workplace or lifelong educational setting.
  • In exceptional cases, students with a Masters in a different subject area who can demonstrate substantial experience in education may be eligible

Additional requirements

International requirements.

  • IELTs (or equivalent) score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 in each category

Further information

  • International students requiring a student visa are not eligible to study this programme

Application and selection

Securing your place at ljmu.

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Become a research-informed, inquiry-based leader in your field with a Doctor of Education from the University of Stirling.

  • Start date September 2024, January 2025
  • Application deadline $value
  • Application notes If you are an international student and applying with a Student Visa, we can’t accept your application for this course as it is in the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.
  • Duration EdD full-time; 36 to 60 months, EdD part-time: 60 to 96 months
  • Mode of study full time, part time
  • Delivery blended

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) is an ideal development opportunity if you’re a senior professional seeking to enhance and utilise your research expertise in an educational context. Whatever your area of education – from professional learning, higher education, schools, colleges, early years provision or policy development – earning an EdD will position you as a leader in your field.

From the curriculum design in accountancy in higher education to learning in adult communities and, from medical professional learning to digitally-supported education, the Doctor of Education provides a context for advanced inquiry across a wide range of sectors, cultures, contexts and ages. 

Our Doctor of Education is tailored to the needs of senior professionals and combines an excellent grounding in research methods and educational theory, with the opportunity to put your research to work in improving professional policy and practice.

Through your self-directed research, you will produce an original, significant and rigorously-derived contribution to your field of practice. Combining the richness of our faculty-wide international research culture, peer-reviewed global research, the expertise of peers, and your own experience, you will utilise the Doctor of Education course to produce new impactful knowledge in your field. These impacts may, in part, be derived from practice and/or be applied as an innovation as new practices.  Your research may incorporate a focus on practical knowledge and may lead to professional or organisational change.

You’ll work towards your Doctor of Education either full or part-time under the guidance of expert researchers who have helped to secure the University’s reputation in the field of education.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives.

The course will enable you to develop research on your own chosen topics in ways that are deeply connected to important professional interests, practices, policies and impacts. Like a PhD, the EdD qualification meets the requirements for the production of a significant, original and rigorous contribution to the field. Distinctively, the course starts with taught modules before the supervised research phases begin. The taught modules look at theories and paradigms of research and orientations to methodology and inquiry.

Flexible learning

There are part-time and full-time options. Students may also study via blended provision in the taught phases for the six core modules. All modules make use of some form of synchronous online and/or face-to-face attendance.

There is also the use of a virtual learning environment (Canvas) and most modules have considerable asynchronous participation in learning tasks online. Most of the classes for the initially taught modules are timetabled for synchronous activity, be that face-to-face or other, on Fridays (occasionally on other days of the week) but check ahead for the semester timetable.  

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

Our expert interdisciplinary teaching team from across the Faculty of Social Sciences are on hand to introduce you to cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research applicable to your professional context and educational environment. We have a vibrant and collegial research community of students and staff at Stirling. As you can see from our staff listings and publications, we have expertise across many diverse areas of research which can be deployed in doctoral supervision. 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements.

To be considered for admission to the degree, you’ll normally have a good honours degree in Education or related subject from a Higher Education institution in the UK, or a degree of equivalent standard from an institution outside the UK. In exceptional cases, you may be considered for the course if you have extensive professional experience in the field. Candidates are expected to have good numeracy skills and a willingness to engage with in-depth statistical analysis.

If you are an international student and applying with a Student Visa, we can’t accept your application for this course as it is in the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

International entry requirements

View the entry requirements for your country.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in speaking and listening.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with a minimum of 62 in reading and writing and 60 in speaking and listening.
  • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with a minimum of 19 in reading, 24 in writing, 21 in speaking and 19 in listening.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses .

Course details

Previous students taking the Doctor of Education degree have included school teachers, early years, and Further Education staff, senior leaders in education provisions, educational policy professionals, and professional educators in areas such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, accountancy and life sciences. You too may use the Doctor of Education to refine your education expertise and gain the skills needed to exact change. Importantly, students are gaining the skills to enact research projects and utilise research in practice, so the focus is not directly on improving how we facilitate learning, teach or educate. (If the latter is your main or first goal, we suggest you do one of the Masters degrees offered by the faculty). The Doctor of Education course uses the same six core modules as are offered on Stirling’s ESRC-recognised MRes Educational Research . These modules are recognised by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), which means they are designed to create rounded and expert research-aware professionals. We highly value our interprofessional, interdisciplinary and increasingly international student cohorts' contributions, our ability to match students to research-active staff, and our focus on criticality and impact via research.

No full research proposal for the thesis stage is required for  admission, but we do like applicants to scope out one area of inquiry at the outset and to express this research interest when applying. You may approach staff to discuss possible supervision for the dissertation and thesis phase but we will of course articulate this match for you once you get to that point.     

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the academic year that starts in -->September 2024 -->. Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course Details

The initial phase includes six taught modules about research understanding and research practices – for example, different modules focus on topics such as educational and social research paradigms, data collection, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and digital research methods. After completing the six core modules, you will go on, under supervision, to complete a ‘Professional Practice' enquiry dissertation (ASRP020 / ASRP021) before commencing the thesis stage.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is an innovative interdisciplinary course, offered on a flexible full and part-time basis. The course comprises six core modules, which are taught both online and face-to-face. Study of the modules is followed by the conduct of an empirical study focused on an aspect of professional practice and, thereafter, the production of a doctoral thesis of up to 60,000 words.

Candidates not proceeding to the EdD thesis may aim to complete the Master of Science or Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Research.

Students who pass the six core taught modules EDRP001, ASRP002, ASRP004, EDRP002, ASRP001, ASRP005 and the dissertation, ASRP020 (if part-time) / ASRP020 (full time) will successfully exit with a Masters.

Students who pass these six core taught modules EDRP001, ASRP002, ASRP004, EDRP002, ASRP001, ASRP005 will successfully exit with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Approximate days and commitments for scheduled taught components are below. Days of the week are indicative only; students should refer to live timetabled events in a given semester.

  • EDRP001 The Nature of Educational Inquiry Eight Friday afternoons: online and some optional face-to-face classes
  • ASRP002 Qualitative Research Design Eight Friday mornings: a mix of online, blended and face-to-face classes
  • ASRP004 Quantitative Data Analysis Eight to ten Monday mornings: – a face-to-face module. It may be appropriate for some students (with good mathematics/statistics backgrounds) to take an online version of this module: ASRP104.
  • EDRP002 Theory and Methods of Digital Social Research Six to eight Friday afternoons: – online. One or two optional face-to-face sessions.
  • ASRP001 The Nature of Social Inquiry Five or more Friday mornings – blended, mostly face-to-face classes
  • ASRP005 Qualitative Data Analysis Five or more Friday mornings – blended, mostly face-to-face classes

Modes of Study

 

EdD

MSc

Diploma

3 years min, 4 years max

30 months

12 months

4 years min, 8 years max

3 years

18 months

You'll be assessed in each course module through assignments approximately 3,000 words in length but many modules have more than one assignment and take creative approaches to the use of digital, creative, and collaborative assignment production for assessment. The Doctor of Education also leads to the production of a dissertation (ASRP020 / ASRP021) of 15,000 words, and, thereafter, a thesis (up to 60,000 words) under expert supervision by education staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Classroom hours

Part-time students may find it easier to have a minimum of a day or two a week (or equivalent if you study in the evenings) to commit to study. You will need considerable time dedicated to study in certain phases to complete assignments and projects. Either way, the commitment is important to realise, with each module carrying 20 credits (approximately 200 hours each for total study time which includes both shared, synchronous and independent research and assignment production).    

Whilst the Doctor of Education involves gaining credit for taught modules via assignments in the first phase, later phases are much more project-oriented and student-led. In later phases, we require you to be quite independent. This is especially so at the dissertation and thesis stage when your contact with faculty will be via supervision meetings.  

Across the faculty, there are many research groups, events and training opportunities. Many students also contribute by leading research interest groups. There is an annual student-led postgraduate student conference. There is a plethora of training events on research (e.g. ethics, use of NViVo etc) led by our dedicated team in the Institute of Advanced Studies. The faculty is a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences which also runs excellent free events for any doctoral student at Stirling. Students contribute to and are a valued part of our thriving research culture. Many also actively get involved in funded research projects and initiatives where specialist expertise can be gained.

Course director

Dr Marty Chamberlain , Course Director

+44 (0)1786 467733 [email protected]

Fees and funding

Fees and costs.

2023-24 fees
  UK students International (including EU) students
Full course fee £16,700 £47,000
Full-time annual fee (charged years 1-3) £5,567 £15,667
Part-time annual fee (charged years 1-5) £3,340 £9,400
2024-25 fees
  UK students International (including EU) students
Full course fee £17,000 £47,900
Full-time annual fee (charged years 1-3) £5,667 £15,967
Part-time annual fee (charged years 1-5) £3,400 £9,580

This fee is charged as an annual course fee. For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our  tuition fees policy .

If you're domiciled in England or Wales, you may be eligible to apply for a doctoral loan from your regional body.

  • English students can apply for a loan of up to £28,673 from  Student Finance England .
  • Welsh students can apply for a loan of up to £28,395 from  Student Finance Wales .

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees .

Scholarships and funding

Funding .

Eligible international students could receive a scholarship worth between £4,000-£7,000.  See our range of generous scholarships for international postgraduate students .

University of Stirling alumni will automatically be awarded a fee waiver for the first year of Masters studies through our Stirling Alumni Scholarship .

Applicants from the UK or Republic of Ireland who hold a first-class honours degree or equivalent will automatically be awarded a £2,000 scholarship through our  Postgraduate Merit Scholarship .

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

International (including EU) students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

91% of Education students at the University of Stirling felt their course has enhanced their employability

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2021

Previous students taking the Doctor of Education have included school teachers, early years, and further education staff, senior leaders in education provisions, educational policy professionals, and professional educators in areas such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, accountancy, surveying and life sciences. These students have drawn extensively on their newly developed research capacity and original studies to improve their personal, organisational, and wider professional spheres of practice and policy.

  • Gain the skills to exact change in professional policy and practice.
  • Become a leader in your field and join a network of professional experts.
  • Continue your career as you study and put your growing expertise straight to work.

What our students said

Alexandra Morris

My work as a college lecturer in a further and higher education college has been greatly benefitted through my learning. I feel more current and up to date in my field and it has challenged me to think more deeply about what I do in my professional practice.
I enjoyed the relation this programme had to my professional practice and that throughout the doctorate journey I was able to influence policy and practice
The support I have received during my studies has been outstanding. I know the University of Stirling Faculty of Social Sciences was the right choice for me and would urge others to come and enjoy it too.

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The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is a part-time professional doctoral programme designed to offer high quality researcher and career development for education professionals from a broad range of sectors, from compulsory education to further and higher education to learning and development in the public and corporate sectors, as well as consultancy and other fields related to education. 

As a professional and practice-based doctorate, the EdD offers a post-experience qualification that is particularly appealing to mid-career professionals seeking challenging learning through innovative research that is professionally relevant, while working towards a doctoral degree.  

Programme structure

Our EdD is on a part-time basis, and students typically complete the programme in 4-6 years. The EdD is formed of two parts:

Part A: comprises of a cohort phase of two years that provides a programme of blended learning, with two mandatory weekends of learning at the University of Reading campus each year, plus one synchronous online study morning each year, combined with self-directed study and experiential learning through a research project. You will complete 120 credits allocated across a range of compulsory modules shown below: 

  • Year one modules : Educational Leadership & Management, Research Methods 1, Professionalism
  • Year two modules : Theory in Education, and a double module called Research Methods 2. 

Modules are assessed through assignments that include: a literature review, theoretical essays, small scale empirical research with written research report, and a research proposal. The assessments are designed to be flexible enough for you to tailor what you focus on in the assignments to your own topic of research interest. You must successfully complete Part A of the programme to progress to Part B. Students who fail to transfer to Part B or choose to exit the programme after successful completion of Part A may qualify for a PG Diploma.

  • Within 18 months of transferring to Part B students must undertake a formal review. This involves submission of two substantive chapters of the thesis and a contextual statement, which are presented and defended to faculty members/assessors (online or campus). This process, if successful, results in confirmation as an EdD candidate.
  • The remaining part of Part B will be devoted to completion of the research project and thesis of 60,000 words. The time allowed for submission of the thesis in Part B is 2-4 years (equating to year 4-6 of the programme). 
  • The thesis is examined by voce viva and is required to make a distinct contribution to professional knowledge, be original, and demonstrate an ability to relate to the existing body of research within the field.
     

Programme Dates

The next start date for the EdD is 30 September 2024. Dates for the study weekends in Part A are below: 

Year One 5-6 October 2024 (London Road campus) 8-9 February 2025 (London Road campus) 26 April 2025 (half-day online) Year Two 4-5 October 2025 (London Road campus) 7-8 February 2026 (London Road campus) 25 April 2026 (half-day online)

Course Fees

The tuition fees for the 2024/2025 academic year are as follows: 

  • Home fees: £3,500 per year
  • International fees: £10,415 per year

EdD supervision

In Part B of the EdD you will be  assigned a supervisor with expertise that aligns with your research topic.

Our expert academics are leaders in their areas of research, and will work closely with you to ensure your time with us as a EdD student is as rewarding as possible. Find out more about our EdD alumni and their research

Find out more about our staff and the areas of doctoral research they supervise

As well as the excellent training on research methods on the programme, all postgraduate research students automatically become members of the University-wide Doctoral and Researcher College. The College's Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP) offers a rich array of training sessions and workshops which have been especially designed to help you gain the additional skills that will enable you to carry out your research professionally and effectively. The RRDP is delivered primarily using the expertise of academic and specialist staff within the University and complements any subject-specific training that we provide. The RRDP includes training sessions on research methods, writing academic papers, getting published, public engagement and career planning.

In addition to the RRDP, doctoral researchers will also have the chance to access the following development opportunities:

  • Preparing to Teach - a programme focused on the skills needed for teaching and learning activities.
  • Developing your potential as a leader - the programme is jointly run with the triple accredited Henley Business School. 
  • Supporting international students to develop their academic English skills with a range of classes and services.

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Education, Practice and Society MPhil/PhD

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IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society offers world-leading doctoral programmes in education and related social sciences. Our MPhil/PhD students undertake research projects, working closely with their supervisors to develop each stage of their research, and undertake a tailored programme of training courses and activities. This programme is available to study both face-to-face and online.

UK tuition fees (2024/25)

Overseas tuition fees (2024/25), programme starts, applications accepted.

  • Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a Master’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed, or a qualification of equivalent standard appropriate to the programme to be followed awarded by a university (or educational institution of university rank) outside the UK. The majority of our successful applicants hold a Merit at Master’s level, and may have additional relevant experience.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website .

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The Department of Education, Practice and Society has a range of innovative, research-active staff able to supervise post-graduate research in the following areas: international development; sociology of education; history of education; philosophy of education; higher education; comparative education; post-14 education.

We also have a number of research centres including the Centre for Global Youth; Centre for Research on Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES); Philosophy at the Institute; the Centre for the Sociology of Education and Equity; the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID); the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES); the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work; the International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE); and jointly the Centre for Engineering Education.

Who this course is for

The MPhil/PhD is for applicants with a strong interest in an aspect of educational and social research, which may be understood broadly across the life course, in relation to other subject areas and wider social, economic, political and cultural changes. You should normally have completed an MA to merit level and want to develop a specific area of research. You may have a background in education or a cognate area of study. It is suitable for both recent graduates and those progressed in a career.

What this course will give you

IOE is a world-leading centre for research in education and related social science. We host the UK's largest doctoral cohort in these areas. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2023), the institute was ranked first for education for the tenth year running, ahead of Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge. In the UK's recent Research Excellence Framework (2021), we were ranked first for research strength and research power in Education, according to the Elsevier REF 2021 Results Analysis Tool. We attract extensive research funding each year and host many prestigious research centres and projects.

Doctoral students at IOE have access to the wider UCL community as well as the education cluster constituting the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership . The Institute's programme has been designed to provide comprehensive and broadly based research training and to meet the requirements of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the UK Researcher Development Framework.

Students work closely with their supervisor(s) to develop each stage of research; supervisors also help put together a programme of additional courses and activities to support progress towards completion of the final thesis. 

Doctoral students at the Department of Education, Practice and Society can participate in the department's Research Students Seminar Group which further enriches learning.

The foundation of your career

Students gain experience of planning and implementing research methodologies, academic writing and presentation, management of their own research projects, and engagement with a wide range of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other groups relevant to their chosen topic.

The research training at IOE and in the rest of UCL has been excellent. I began this process knowing very little about how to conduct primary research, and I feel this is something that I’ve really been supported in developing. Jonathan James Education, Practice and Society MPhil/PhD Q&A with Jonathan James

Employability

Department of Education, Practice and Society doctoral graduates progress to careers in education, university teaching, educational research, and policy and curriculum development. They can be found in almost every occupational field, and there are a wide variety of career paths.

The Department of Education, Practice and Society pioneers research collaborations with external partners to diversify the contribution that educational research can make academically, professionally and practically for individuals and communities. We also strive to provide solutions to current and emerging pressure points in societies, such as economic change and social injustice, by creating networks and partnerships to support knowledge transfer between education, work and communities.

Teaching and learning

In addition to UCL's Doctoral Skills Development Programme, IOE's Centre for Doctoral Education provides a comprehensive Research Training Programme.

The Core Course aims to meets the needs of early stage doctoral students.

There is a wide range of introductory, advanced methods, advanced theoretical, and generic academic skills courses, as well as student-led workshops and reading groups.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) consists of a piece of supervised research, normally undertaken over a period of three years full-time or five years part-time. Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline. It must also represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject, whether through the discovery of new knowledge, the connection of previously unrelated facts, the development of new theory, or the revision of older views. It should reflect the exercise of critical judgement with regard to both your own work and that of other scholars in the field.

For those who decide not to pursue the full PhD, or are unable to do so, the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) consists of a piece of supervised research, normally undertaken over a period of three years full-time or five years part-time. Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should represent a contribution to the subject, either through a record of your original work or a critical and ordered exposition of existing knowledge.

You must ensure you have adequate time to devote to this research, at least six hours a day (2-3 days a week part time).

Research areas and structure

There is a wide range of expertise including:

  • Comparative Education, including Education Policy Borrowing
  • Education, Democracy and Diversity : citizenship education; civic participation; social cohesion; nation building; civic and ethnic identities
  • Education and Wellbeing : health; sexual identity; education psychology; behaviour and disaffection; learning, studying and homework
  • Further Education, Post-14 Education, and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Global Youth
  • Higher Education (HE) : academic and professional identities; national, global and international HE; management, governance and leadership
  • Sociology of Education : education policy; gender, ‘race’, and social class; migration, refugees and marginalisation; social justice; human rights
  • History of Education : cultural, social and economic history of education and learning; universities; adult, popular and informal education; historiography and methodology
  • International Development : economics, education, and education planning; education in developing countries
  • Lifelong Learning, and Adult Learning, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Philosophy of Education : disability ethics; personhood; theories of mind; theories of justice
  • Post-Conflict / Peacebuilding Education
  • Professional Development, Vocational Education, and Workplace Learning

Research environment

As a research student in the Department of Education, Practice and Society a wide range of research seminars will be available to you. Each of the research centres in the Department run regular seminars which further enriches learning.

Since October 2014, we have also - in addition to the campus-based mode - offered the option to study online in a distance-learning mode. Choosing the distance-learning mode means that there are no residency requirements and it is not necessary to attend during doctoral study, the viva examination take place in-person at UCL or online. However, you are welcome to visit and use campus facilities including the library, attend seminars etc. In the first year of full-time study (and first two years of part-time study), distance learners take a series of compulsory research methods modules that are studied online. This typically involves provision of materials (articles, eBooks, videos etc.), forums to facilitate discussion of various tasks, and synchronous sessions to discuss the activities. Alongside these you will work with your supervisors on your research (e.g., using Teams/Zoom and email). In addition, there are other resources and training opportunities to support distance-learning students, e.g., sessions to develop generic skills.

The length of registration for the research degree programmes is 3 years for full-time.

You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 9-18 months after initial registration.

IOE Centre for Doctoral Education provides an extensive Research Training Programme. A mandatory core course is provided that aims to meet the needs of early-stage doctoral students. There is also a wide range of introductory, advanced methods, advanced theoretical, and generic non-credit bearing academic skills courses, as well as student led workshops and reading groups which you can attend.

Full-time MPhil/PhD students are required to fulfil minimum 20 'points' of training activity in their first year, and are encouraged to fulfil the same in their subsequent years of study. This training can be selected from the UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme, IOE faculty's Research Training Programme, the multi-institutional Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network, and from other sources. Each point is worth approximately a half-day of face-to-face training, or an online equivalent. Other activities such as attending and presenting at conferences also count towards research training. Students may undertake additional training beyond these minima, as relevant to their research and/or as agreed with their supervisors.

You are expected to upgrade from MPhil to PhD status towards the end of your first year of study if full-time. Students whose performance is satisfactory will transfer from MPhil to PhD status.

Processes aimed at assisting you during your course of study include the Research Student Log (an online project management tool), and periodic reviews of students' progress.

Upon successful completion of your approved period of registration you may, if necessary, register as a completing research status (CRS) student while you finish writing your thesis.

The length of registration for the research degree programmes is 5 years for part-time.

Part-time students are required to fulfil minimum 12 'points' of training activity in each year of study. This training can be selected from the UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme, IOE faculty's Research Training Programme, the multi-institutional Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network, and from other sources. Each point is worth approximately a half-day of face-to-face training, or an online equivalent. Other activities such as attending and presenting at conferences also count towards research training. Students may undertake additional training beyond these minima, as relevant to their research and/or as agreed with their supervisors.

You are expected to upgrade from MPhil to PhD status at around 18 months if part-time. Students whose performance is satisfactory will transfer from MPhil to PhD status.

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Fees for this course.

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Tuition fees (2024/25) £7,580 £3,790
Tuition fees (2024/25) £22,700 £11,350

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees .

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their thesis.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs .

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding webpage: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/funding-students-postgraduate-research-courses

UCL's Research Excellence Scholarships (RES) are available annually to prospective and existing UCL research students from any country: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/research-excellence-scholarship . The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership offers studentships annually. More information is found here: https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/

UBEL, RES and other funding programmes are not available to online and non-resident students.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website .

After choosing a programme to apply for, you should develop a research proposal and identify a potential supervisor. For more information, visit our website to find a supervisor and get in touch with departmental graduate tutors.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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The Doctor of Education (EdD) differs from a PhD in that it’s primarily focused on professional rather than theoretical issues and is aimed at those who’ve already been employed in the education sector for a number of years, as lecturers, teachers, consultants, advisers or inspectors. Through this programme, you can both challenge and enhance your practice by engaging with relevant theory, policy and empirical research.

The EdD attracts a diverse range of educational professionals. Students work across a range of education sectors, including higher education, local authorities, schools and colleges and early years settings.

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There are taught sessions in groups and individual supervisions, in addition to visiting professors and fellows who may enhance provision.

The taught phase introduces you to methodological, political, philosophical, sociological and epistemological concepts that will underpin issues that emerge from the professional context. You’ll join a supportive community and study four modules – three with academic content and one focused on research methods. The entire programme has four cross-cutting themes: Leadership, Inclusion, Sustainability and Childhood, Youth, Families and Community.

During the thesis phase you’ll work on a research question of your choice with the support of two supervisors.

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A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

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We do not require a research proposal at this stage. Please submit a sample of your academic writing. This could be a Masters assignment, an article or similar, but it must be written by you as the sole author.

EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

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“Starting as a teacher in UK and Tanzania I soon switched to community-based environmental education, firstly in Leicester and then Mount Elgon, Uganda. My career has focused on international education and sustainability projects working for charities but with communities, large corporations and governments including the UN. I joined here in 2013 to follow my interest in teaching and research.”

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Birkbeck, university of london.

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Earning an Education Doctorate Degree with UK Online: Choosing Between the EdD or PhD Program

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Navigating the choice of doctorate degrees in education offered by UK Online involves a decision between either an  EdD (Doctor of Education) or a  PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in education . While both degree paths share a commitment to scholarly research and the enhancement of educational practices, they differ in their focus and orientation. This article explores the differences in both online doctoral programs in Education offered from the University of Kentucky to help you make an informed decision about your choice of direction.

EdD Program

The  EdD program is strategically designed to equip individuals for leadership roles within educational organizations. Focused on honing skills for effectively leading departments, programs, or entire organizations with an educational mission, this program provides practical training for real-world scenarios. Graduates emerge well-prepared to navigate the challenges in educational leadership.

Research Focus of EdD Program

For those seeking a program that integrates data-driven decision-making into educational leadership, the Research EdD is an ideal choice. Participants engage in mixed-method action research designs, using data to inform policy and practice. This program emphasizes the application of research findings to drive progressive change within educational settings.

PhD Program

The  PhD program is tailored for individuals aspiring to pursue careers as researchers or faculty members with a specific focus on leadership within educational organizations. 

Research Focus of PhD Program

Individuals in the Research PhD program delve into the realm of advanced research design, aiming to uncover new knowledge within the field. 

Program Requirements

Credit hours.

Both programs require the completion of 42 credit hours through coursework, along with a minimum of 2 semesters dedicated to dissertation residency.

Online Modality 

Both programs utilize a hybrid blend of course modality. All courses have a synchronous (scheduled live) and asynchronous (on your own schedule) component. For the synchronous components, we utilize Zoom and meet per a defined schedule. The cadence is usually 5-6 times per semester and these meetings are either on Saturdays, or after work hours (all times are EST). Students are not required to come to campus for courses, examinations, or the final dissertation defense.

Both programs admit in the Fall only. Please adhere to the deadlines listed on the program page for the  EdD and  PhD options.

Benefits of the Online Modality

Both programs are offered in similar fully online formats, designed to best fit the needs of working professionals. 

  • Course Schedule:  Core courses that require synchronous interaction are scheduled primarily on Saturdays or weekday evenings to accommodate work schedules.
  • Semester Courses: In each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer), the course load is generally 2 courses.
  • Cohort System:  Both programs follow a cohort-based model, with new students joining a cohort in the Fall of each year.
  • Flexibility:  Physical attendance on campus for courses, exams, or the final dissertation defense is not mandatory. 

Whether you aspire to lead educational organizations or contribute to advancing research, understanding the distinctions between EdD and PhD programs is important. Align your professional goals with the unique features of each program and pick the path best for you! If you need help, please  schedule a meeting to discuss your specific goals. 

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Professional Doctorate in Education EdD

  • Full-time: Not available
  • Part-time: Up to 6 years
  • Start date: October 2024
  • UK fees: £5,100
  • International fees: £21,500

Research overview

The School of Education’s Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) offers an advanced programme tailored for educational professionals looking to elevate their expertise and make significant contributions to the field through research. Crafted for full-time professionals, this part-time course integrates face-to-face instruction with self-directed study, ensuring flexibility and promoting a collaborative learning atmosphere. Four foundational modules form the basis of doctoral-level  research preparation, culminating in a substantial independent research project. By emphasising collaborative, active learning and integrating scholarly inquiry with professional experience, the EdD prepares educators as researchers to lead and innovate in their respective fields.

Programme Highlights

  • Research-focused development Encourages the growth of researching professionals through critical engagement with educational issues in participants’ contexts, emphasising impactful, practice-relevant research.
  • Engaged learning Combines critical inquiry with hands-on research preparation activities relevant to participants’ professional expertise, promoting the development of practical, scholarly, and dispositional knowledge.
  • Collaborative environment Leverages participants’ collective expertise, enhancing professional knowledge and practice.
  • Key outcome Completing a thesis or portfolio (50–60,000 words) that demonstrates significant, original contributions to professional educational scholarship.

You will benefit from: 

  • our links to practice - allowing you to draw on your own educational experiences 
  • weekend and summer classes - our course has been designed for busy professionals who may be studying alongside a full-time job 
  • a cohort of experienced education practitioners 
  • exit routes, where appropriate, for those who, for whatever reason, are not able to complete the full course

Supervision and teaching

Supervision  is offered by colleagues across our  research centres  in the School of Education and if appropriate, we may be able to work with academic colleagues elsewhere in the university to offer joint supervision across schools. Applicants are not required to identify a supervisor before applying for the programme.

You will be taught by an established team of nationally and internationally recognised education researchers who boast a wide range of expertise and experience in research, teaching and policy work. 

Read our alumni profiles to see their experience of of the EdD and how it has helped with their career.

Please contact Course Leader, Professor Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan if you have any academic questions about the EdD.

Course content

Our EdD is divided into two parts. Part one - taught element, and Part two - thesis. You will be awarded the Professional Doctorate if you successfully complete Part two by submitting a thesis or portfolio of 50-60,000 words and undergo a viva voce examination. 

Part one is taught in a series of eight weekend schools (typically Friday/Saturday; two weekend sessions per module). These weekends have been provisionally planned and avoid major holiday periods for the UK. 

The provisional dates for 2024 entry are below but subject to confirmation.  Module 1

  • Weekend 1: Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October 2024
  • Weekend 2: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2024
  • Weekend 1: Friday 28 February and Saturday 1 March 2025
  • Weekend 2: Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March 2025

There is an EdD summer school each year in July (Monday 28 July to Wednesday 30 July 2025). It is compulsory for second year students and optional for other students. It will help you to develop your research and writing skills.  

Your attendance will typically be equal to four full days per module. 

Part two will see you undertake a sustained programme of research in your own education sub-field, focused on your context and/or practice. This should take a minimum of two years and the final submission can take two forms: 

  • Thesis of 50-60,000 words based on a single empirical study.
  • Production of a 50-60,000 word portfolio typically consisting of three linked pieces of research (3 x 10,000) and a 20,000 word overview and meta-analysis. Where appropriate, this can include educational products (for example, film, design research outputs, software) as part of the submission. However, this would be in addition to the requisite 50,000 words. 

You must study for a minimum of four years part-time to complete this degree. Most students expect to spend around six years; there is an upper limit of eight years of study. 

This foundational module is designed to support professionals in developing a deeper understanding of their interests and roles in the context of contributing to knowledge in the field of education. This module delves into the multifaceted nature of educational knowledge, prompting participants to explore how this knowledge is formed, debated, and applied in various educational settings. Emphasising critical analysis and synthesis of diverse educational theories and practices, it fosters the growth of participants as reflexive practitioners and researchers while exploring connections between professional experience and the construction of education knowledge.

The second module guides participants through the intricacies of creating effective and ethical education research studies. It emphasises the importance of understanding the philosophical foundations of research, the challenges of conducting research within one’s educational context, and the ethical considerations unique to insider research. This module offers an introduction to various methodological frameworks in social science research, focusing on designing coherent studies, understanding the interplay of theory and practice, and critically engaging with different methodological perspectives in the realm of educational research.

The third module is tailored for doctoral candidates to engage with the art of conducting thorough and effective literature reviews. It guides participants through the intricate processes of literature search and evaluation, distinguishing between various types of literature, such as theoretical, empirical, normative, and grey literature. This module links the literature review to the research questions and design. It delves into strategies for structuring and composing a comprehensive literature review, developing essential skills to critically engage with and synthesise existing research in the field of education.

The concluding module of our course synthesises the learning and insights gained from the previous modules, culminating in creating a preliminary research proposal. This module encourages participants to delve deeper into identifying and analysing critical debates and issues within a specific education sector and understanding the multiple dimensions that shape educational policies and practices. Participants will refine their research focus, purpose, context, and methodological approach through reflexive problem-posing and constructing well-informed arguments for impactful educational research.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

QualificationEdD
Degree

Masters degree in a relevant discipline and a 2:1 (or international equivalent); plus at least two years of professional experience in a relevant field or another suitable qualification

QualificationEdD
Degree

Masters degree in a relevant discipline and a 2:1 (or international equivalent); plus at least two years of professional experience in a relevant field or another suitable qualification

International and EU equivalents

We accept a wide range of qualifications from all over the world.

For information on entry requirements from your country, see our .

IELTS7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
English language requirements

As well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other .

This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English.

Meeting our English language requirements

If you need support to meet the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional English course. Presessional courses teach you academic skills in addition to English language. Our  Centre for English Language Education is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

If you successfully complete your presessional course to the required level, you can then progress to your degree course. This means that you won't need to retake IELTS or equivalent.

For on-campus presessional English courses, you must take IELTS for UKVI to meet visa regulations. For online presessional courses, see our CELE webpages for guidance.

Visa restrictions

International students must have valid UK immigration permissions for any courses or study period where teaching takes place in the UK. Student route visas can be issued for eligible students studying full-time courses. The University of Nottingham does not sponsor a student visa for students studying part-time courses. The Standard Visitor visa route is not appropriate in all cases. Please contact the university’s Visa and Immigration team if you need advice about your visa options.

We recognise that applicants have a variety of experiences and follow different pathways to postgraduate study.

We treat all applicants with alternative qualifications on an individual basis. We may also consider relevant work experience.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications or work experience are relevant, contact us .

You need to write a short piece of writing (750-1,500 words) on a current problem that concerns you related to your professional practice. The problem could be related to a topic that you are interested in researching on the EdD, but this is not a requirement. We will use this to assess your academic writing.

You should:

  • identify the problem clearly
  • use theory and/or research evidence to illuminate the problem
  • cite 5-10 academic publications appropriately

Potential course members are usually interviewed before any offer of a place is made.

Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for postgraduate research.

QualificationEdD
Home / UK£5,100
International£21,500

Additional information for international students

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time, you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).

Additional costs

All students will need at least one device to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). We also recommend students have a suitable laptop to work both on and off-campus. For more information, please check the equipment advice .

As a student on this course, we do not anticipate any extra significant costs, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies which you would need to factor into your budget. You may incur some costs if you have to travel for data collection purposes.

There are many ways to fund your research degree, from scholarships to government loans.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Tutorial support and feedback

Support and guidance is provided to help you in the preparation, research, and writing-up stages of your work. 

Your tutors will provide you with written comments on each assignment, and you are invited to make contact with them to discuss this feedback. The written comments will include the un-moderated grades (ie subject to amendments by the Examinations Board) and advice for future action where appropriate. 

As you are working at an advanced level, we assume that much of your time will be spent planning and carrying out systematic inquiries and preparation for assignments and dissertation. Your tutor will be crucial in providing intellectual and moral support and challenge for these processes. Tutors regard this support role as a high professional priority. 

Researcher training and development

The Researcher Academy is the network for researchers, and staff who support them. We work together to promote a healthy research culture, to cultivate researcher excellence, and develop creative partnerships that enable researchers to flourish.

Postgraduate researchers at Nottingham have access to our online Members’ area, which includes a wealth of resources, access to training courses and award-winning postgraduate placements.

Student support

You will have access to a range of support services , including:

  • academic and disability support
  • childcare services
  • counselling service
  • faith support
  • financial support
  • mental health and wellbeing support
  • visa and immigration advice
  • welfare support

Students' Union

Our Students' Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or contact the dedicated Postgraduate Officer .

There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:

  • international students
  • black and minority ethnic students
  • students who identify as women
  • students with disabilities
  • LGBT+ students

SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.

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Where you will learn

Library facilities - education.

Situated within the Djanogly Learning Resource Centre (DLRC) on Jubilee Campus, the education library provides group study rooms, computer facilities and an extensive collection of books, journals and manuscripts. The library catalogue, including links to full texts of articles, e-books and databases, can be accessed via the internet from any location.

Jubilee Campus

Jubilee Campus has eco-friendly buildings, alongside green spaces, wildlife and a lake. 

This campus is home to our business, education and computer science schools, as well as a sports centre and student accommodation.

You can walk to  University Park Campus  in around 20 minutes or catch a free hopper bus. Nottingham city centre is 20 minutes away by public bus.

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School facilities - Education

Our postgraduate researchers have access to excellent facilities, including an ICT and resource centre, the full Microsoft Office suite and a range of social research and education-specific software.

Full-time students may apply for personal workspace and part-time students have a dedicated drop-in workspace. All computers on campus have internet access and are networked to printers/photocopiers.

Whether you are considering a career in academia, industry or haven't yet decided, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.

International students who complete an eligible degree programme in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK after their course under the Graduate immigration route . Eligible courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters and research degrees, and PGCE courses.

Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career. 

95.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £28,108.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020/21 data published in 2023. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time, postgraduate, home graduates within the UK.

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Education phd/mphil, research excellence framework.

The University of Nottingham is ranked 7th in the UK for research power, according to analysis by Times Higher Education. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a national assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

  • 3rd in the UK
  • 84% of our research was considered world-leading or internationally excellent with 55% rated at the highest score
  • all of our submission relating to research impact and research environment was considered to be world-leading - our school is the only education submission to achieve this
  • 90%* of our research is classed as 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*)
  • 100%* of our research is recognised internationally
  • 51% of our research is assessed as 'world-leading' (4*) for its impact**

*According to analysis by Times Higher Education ** According to our own analysis.

This content was last updated on 27 March 2024 . Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.

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Doctor of education (edd) in bristol.

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The Doctorate in Education (EdD) stimulates and transforms students' professional thinking and practice, whilst developing a deep understanding of how cutting edge academic research can tackle real-life professional issues.

Over 200 EdD students work in Bristol as part of the School of Education.

What can the EdD programme offer me?

  • Recognition of prior learning Masters qualification or equivalent;
  • Support in development for a doctoral research proposal as part of the taught units: general ideas accepted at application stage;
  • Rigorous research methods training units (60 D level credits) and opportunities to audit taught units held jointly with PhD students;
  • Further taught units on substantive education topics relevant to the core EdD themes of learning, leadership and policy (80 D level credits)
  • High quality and regular supervision from academic experts in their areas to support a 45,000-word dissertation (300 D level credits),
  • Membership of the  South West Doctoral Training Partnership  and  Bristol Doctoral College ;
  • Opportunities to contribute to leadership and governance as a student representative on School and Faculty committees or through convening the School of Education annual doctoral conference;
  • Opportunities to contribute to the organisation of research activities, doctoral support groups, and to join  research centres and networks ;
  • To be an active member of a  research centre ,  networks , and/or Faculty-wide  research group , through which you can share research ideas with staff and students and will connect to national and international networks;
  • The chance to apply for short term research assistant and teaching assistant roles (after starting the dissertation phase);
  • Professional development and short training courses through the  Bristol Doctoral College  and the CREATE (Cultivating Research and Teaching Excellence) staff development scheme;
  • Access to a dedicated School library on-site, Faculty and other University libraries;
  • Use of well-equipped, flexible study spaces within the School of Education and wider University; and
  • Your own personal profile page on the University of Bristol website.

Research Supervision

We offer high-quality supervision by internationally recognised scholars, across a range of research areas including educational psychology, education policy, higher education, teaching and learning in schools, professional development, learning in the city, non-formal education, lifelong learning, and assessment. Please refer to our research centres  and  networks  for further information.

Our academic staff include experienced researchers with methodological expertise in advanced quantitative methods, a range of qualitative research methods, and mixed methods.

In 2016/17 we moved to a position of a comparable fee profile to the PhD programme. Students studying on a part-time basis, will be charged on a pro-rata basis of the appropriate full-time fee over six years.

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The actor, 57, has not been seen much on screen in recent years and has little work listed on his website aside from appearance at fan conventions, since he apologised over allegations of flashing on the set of Doctor Who .

ITV announced he would no longer feature on Dancing On Ice as a judge in October 2021. The decision coincided with flashing allegations when he had a major role as the recurring guest character Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who, and later in the spin-off Torchwood which began in 2005.

Barrowman was accused of repeatedly exposing himself to co-workers on Doctor Who and Torchwood, in which he appeared from 2005 to 2011, and once again in 2020-2021, although numerous witnesses have described the incidents as inappropriate pranks rather than anything amounting to sexually predatory behaviour.

Promoting his new one man UK tour John Barrowman: Laid Bare which will begin in October, Barrowman did not specifically bring up the allegations.

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The new 18 date tour will feature him and a piano singing songs and telling stories from his career. Fans will have the chance to pay extra and meet him as well as attend the soundchecks.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine in November 2021, Barrowman had said: "I think that if it was now, it would be crossing the line. Something that happened 15 years ago, it was bawdy behaviour, silly behaviour. It was being done in the confines of the set, we were like a family working together.

"It was stories I have been telling them for years, I haven't hidden anything. They have been exaggerated and they have tried to turn them into sexual harassment which they absolutely were not. I would never do it now. We are not allowing people and myself....to learn, to adapt and to change."

He added: "We have moved on and from this point I want to move on and move forward. I am extremely nervous and that is not me."

In the new interview in Yours magazine headlined 'My Life Lessons', John also told how his parents are now elderly and his mum's health "isn't good" so they are living in a guest house on his property in Palm Springs and receiving professional care.

He said: "I bought my parents a house in Palm Springs near where I live with my husband Scott. But my mum's health isn't good and we've now created a guest house - casita - on our property and they now live there. I pay for people to come in and care for her. It means they have their privacy but can also see us as often as they like."

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In February, Patrice Motz, a veteran Spanish teacher at Great Valley Middle School in Malvern, Pa., was warned by another teacher that trouble was brewing.

Some eighth graders at her public school had set up fake TikTok accounts impersonating teachers. Ms. Motz, who had never used TikTok, created an account.

She found a fake profile for @patrice.motz, which had posted a real photo of her at the beach with her husband and their young children. “Do you like to touch kids?” a text in Spanish over the family vacation photo asked. “Answer: Sí.”

In the days that followed, some 20 educators — about one quarter of the school’s faculty — discovered they were victims of fake teacher accounts rife with pedophilia innuendo, racist memes, homophobia and made-up sexual hookups among teachers. Hundreds of students soon viewed, followed or commented on the fraudulent accounts.

In the aftermath, the school district briefly suspended several students, teachers said. The principal during one lunch period chastised the eighth-grade class for its behavior.

The biggest fallout has been for teachers like Ms. Motz, who said she felt “kicked in the stomach” that students would so casually savage teachers’ families. The online harassment has left some teachers worried that social media platforms are helping to stunt the growth of empathy in students. Some teachers are now hesitant to call out pupils who act up in class. Others said it had been challenging to keep teaching.

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Politics latest: Starmer in 'unusual' position as under-pressure Biden welcomes him to first NATO summit

Sir Keir Starmer is at his first NATO summit since becoming prime minister, with Ukraine top of the agenda. He will be meeting with plenty of world leaders for the first time too, including under-pressure Joe Biden.

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PM at NATO summit

  • The prime minister is in Washington DC for his first NATO summit, where he's meeting world leaders including Joe Biden and calling for the alliance's members to spend more on defence
  • Starmer pictured with Biden for first time
  • PM to 'reset' relations with allies - and send message to Putin
  • 'No change in UK support for Ukraine,' Starmer tells Zelenskyy
  • Mark Stone: Starmer in unusual position at all-important summit
  • Deborah Haynes: PM's 'contradictory' pledge looks weak to allies and foes
  • Sky News Daily: How does Starmer reach out to the world?
  • Live reporting by Tim Baker

We're focusing on the NATO summit in Washington this evening.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Sir Keir Starmer has held his first meetings with world leaders at his first NATO summit as prime minister, including with Germany's Olaf Scholz and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy;
  • As well as the summit itself, Sir Keir will also be heading to the White House for talks with Joe Biden  - where he and his wife Victoria will also join a special dinner tonight with other leaders and their partners;
  • The PM will also find time to watch the England match with his Dutch counterpart and meet the US House Speaker Mike Johnson.
  • But the PM is under pressure to set a timeline for  when the UK will hit the defence spending target of 2.5% of GDP  given he wants NATO allies to spend more too;
  • Our defence and security editor Deborah Haynes says the government being non-committal on a timescale will look weak to both its allies and foes;
  • Nonetheless, our US correspondent Mark Stone reckons Sir Keir will be a welcome presence at the summit, given it comes less than a week after his landslide election win at a time when other Western leaders are struggling.

Also still to come tonight is Politics Hub With Sophy Ridge from 7pm.

Sticking with the NATO theme, she'll be joined by former Conservative armed forces minister James Heappey ,

Away from the NATO summit in the US, we've had an announcement from the new government on water companies.

The sewage scandal was a big campaigning topic in the election.

Environment Secretary Steve Reed is meeting with the heads of all the UK's water firms tomorrow - the same day regulator Ofwat will publish draft determinations on their investment plans for the next five years.

His department has announced the government will write to Ofwat to tell the regulator to ensure infrastructure investment is ringfenced to spend on upgrades benefitting customers and the environment.

If the money isn't spent, the government wants companies to refund customers with "money never allowed to be diverted for bonuses, dividends, or salary increases".

Another step being announced is customers will be able to hold water company chiefs to account using "customer panels" - which will have the power to summon board members and question them.

Compensation to customers will also be increased when services are impacted - with it expected to more than double.

Payments will also be triggered by a wider set of circumstances.

'Unacceptable destruction'

Mr Reed says more reforms are on the way but change "will take time".

He added: "We will never look the other way while water companies pump sewage into our rivers, lakes, and seas. 

"This unacceptable destruction of our waterways should never have been allowed, but change has now begun so it can never happen again."

The UK will cooperate with China where "necessary" but also offer "robust challenge", Sir Keir Starmer has said.

Speaking to reporters during his trip to Washington DC, the prime minister was asked how his new government would deal with Beijing.

He said there could be some opportunities to cooperate "on issues like climate change", but he would "challenge" the Chinese where necessary, "equally and robustly".

Sir Keir said the government was carrying out an "audit" of relations with China and would then "take action accordingly".

This week's NATO summit in Washington DC makes for a "really important beginning" to Keir Starmer's premiership - but it's even more critical for Ukraine.

Our US correspondent Mark Stone  says members of the alliance are desperately trying to counter the "vibe" that Russia have gained the upper-hand against Kyiv's forces.

We've already had an announcement from the White House of five new anti-aircraft missile systems for Ukraine, with talk of providing even more weapons and ensuring a path to NATO membership.

Keir Starmer has been very on message on this front, too.

But something notable is missing, says Mark: "A roadmap to how this all ends - to peace."

The elephant in the room is that "everyone behind the scenes" likely accepts there will have to be "some sort of peace process".

And while "they won't say it", that will "almost certainly" involve Ukraine conceding some land taken by Russia.

But for now, the message coming out of this summit is "upholding democracy around the world".

This week's NATO summit, on the 75th anniversary of the alliance, is a crucial moment for Ukraine.

The Biden administration - under mounting pressure over concerns about the president's age - is seeking to bake in its support before the November election.

A second Donald Trump presidency would represent a dramatic shift in foreign policy.

For now, a new NATO command for Ukraine to provide security assistance and training is being announced at the summit, alongside immediate military support, including air defence.

NATO's 32 members are poised to unveil "substantial" new aid and the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has said Ukraine is on an "irreversible" path towards membership.

Alliance partners have already said they will deliver five additional Patriot and other air defence systems to Kyiv.

It's quite the first summit for Sir Keir Starmer to attend...

We've just had a few shots from the traditional, so-called family photo of NATO leaders marking the start of their summit.

Sir Keir Starmer was among them for the first time, flanked by the alliance's outgoing secretary general Jens Stoltenberg and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sir Keir Starmer and Joe Biden have been pictured together for the first time.

The duo appeared next to one another as NATO leaders stood for photo opportunities with the alliance's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, and host Mr Biden.

It is Sir Keir's first picture with the leader of the US, who is under mounting pressure to potentially step aside as the Democratic nominee for president in November's election.

Earlier, it was announced Sir Keir was getting Mr Biden a personalised Arsenal football shirt as a gift.

A picture of the full NATO line-up will be taken later.

As the new prime minister makes his international debut at the NATO summit in Washington – what does he need to do to make a quick impact with international colleagues? 

On today's Daily, Niall Paterson is joined by political correspondent Tamara Cohen to discuss how Sir Keir is tackling his first overseas visit. 

Plus, Lord Peter Ricketts, former diplomat and French ambassador, joins Niall to look at Labour's wider foreign policy plans.

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Sir Keir Starmer has spoken to the press ahead of the NATO council meeting.

He had just come from a bilateral summit with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (see previous post).

He said they discussed the further support Ukraine needs, and how NATO can help provide it.

Sir Keir said they also wanted to "reinforce a message to Putin", that NATO's resolve "is bigger now than it's ever been".

The prime minster added he'd had "very good bilateral meetings" with other leaders, giving him an opportunity to "make sure that those relationships are reset". 

He said the UK wanted to lead on issues like defence, climate change, security, and energy.

Sir Keir then appeared with the alliance's outgoing secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg.

PM meets outgoing NATO chief

The PM recounted how it was a Labour government that co-signed the treaty setting up the alliance, and he was pleased the UK had played an important part in it since.

He also praised Mr Stoltenberg for his decade in the role.

Mr Stoltenberg thanked the UK for its contributions to NATO, including the navy and air force patrolling the seas and skies of alliance territory.

He also thanked the UK for its defence spending, though Sir Keir faces domestic pressure to set a timeframe for increasing it.

 Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the NATO summit in Washington DC.

It's their first meeting since last month's D-Day anniversary event at Normandy - a photo of them made it into Labour's manifesto.

Today's bilateral took place with Foreign Secretary David Lammy and Defence Secretary John Healey also present.

Sir Keir told the Ukrainian leader while there had been a "change of government", there was "no change of approach" to the UK's support for the war against Russia.

Zelenskyy thanks UK for support 'from very beginning'

The prime minister said the Russian attack on a children's hospital in Kyiv this week was "just shocking".

Mr Zelenskyy thanked Sir Keir for his words and the UK's support "from the very beginning of the war".

Watch PM and Zelenskyy's embrace:

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