The course supports you in doctoral research related to your professional interests. We encourage critical reflection on experiences and expertise. You'll take an evidence-based approach to practice, innovation and change.
The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professional doctorate. It brings together theory, research and practice. This is through the close alignment of research with professional knowledge.
Professional doctorates are valuable in supporting and developing, evidence-based practice. This is to the benefit of the student and the wider education world.
You'll receive a structured introduction to education and a flexible approach to learning. You can tailor your study to your own interests and emerging needs in the taught stage. You'll develop research skills and approaches needed to succeed at the research stage.
It is appropriate for professionals who wish to undertake part-time doctoral study while working full time. It is also suitable for full-time students who are teachers or leaders and would like to develop research linked to their practices.
We attract a diversity of both international and home students. They come from a range of educational contexts, including:
- further education
- higher education
You'll learn from each other's experiences. This will help to develop your own understanding within the wider education context.
The course draws on the expertise developed in the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT).
It has a base in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS).
Course tutors are active researchers. They all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base. It relates to the challenges of research in educational contexts.
Our links with research centres and institutes provide opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary seminars. Our most important connections are with:
You'll develop connections with some of the diverse faculty research institutes.
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What you'll learn
Our flexible EdD begins as a taught programme and then progresses onto a research stage. This includes a project and thesis.
The taught component includes a mix of compulsory research methods modules. They are for doctoral researchers in education. We have optional educational content modules from a wide range of topics.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
- EdD Core Module 1 Practices of Inquiry: introduction to epistemological and methodological considerations through self-reflection and peer interviewing
- EdD Core Module 2 Practices of Enquiry: introduction to critical reading, comparative and synthesis methods in literature review
- EdD Core Module 3 Thinking Critically about Research Methodology
You take optional modules to a value of 80 credits. This includes a minimum of 20 credits from the following list of research methods modules and the remainder from the list of content modules:
Research methods modules
- Research Strategies and Methods
- Information Skills
- Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- An Introduction to the Nature of Explanation and Enquiry
- Research Design, Academic Writing and Publishing for Doctoral Students
- Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment as Foundations of Teaching and Learning
- Innovative Pedagogies
- Leadership and Strategic Management
- The Future of Learning in the Digital Age
- Investigating Leadership and Technology for Learning and Teaching
How you'll learn
In attending seminars you will engage with staff and students from around the world.
We provide flexibility in the choice and timing of modules. There is also flexibility in the design and format of the research study and thesis. It comprises a taught element and a research element.
Module teaching is at various times. This includes Monday-Friday and some Saturdays. Email support is available from the Degree Programme Director and module leaders. You can apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL). You'll match the learning objectives of our modules with the objectives or outcomes of any previous study or experience. This includes academic or professional experience.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Computer assessment
- Oral presentation
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
You'll complete an empirical research thesis. This will have a 60,000 words limit. It should address an issue of professional concern or interest.
You'll have a supervision team from ECLS. This team will support you through your research and the write-up of your thesis. Your progress is monitored through annual progress panels. For these you'll submit a piece of writing and present your research to date. When your thesis is complete, it is examined at the viva voce. This will be by two academics with relevant knowledge and expertise.
You'll have professional educational knowledge and experience on which you can draw. Most students work or volunteer in a setting. This provides the context for their understanding of educational research and a site for their research.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) researcher development programme
Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:
- perform better as a researcher
- boost your career prospects
- broaden your impact
Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.
- techniques for effective research
- methods for better collaborative working
- essential professional standards and requirements
Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll learn in the King George VI Building. You'll have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights. When you reach the research stage, you also have access to the School's postgraduate suite.
You'll have access to two postgraduate research student study rooms. The largest study toom has recently been upgraded with additional workstations and soft seating area.
We have two on-site clinics:
We also have a well-equipped resource centre.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
For 2022-23 entry, we will be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2022 by UKRI.
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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