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Education Doctor of (EdD)

The Doctor of Education is a taught doctorate. It provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of educational research.

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  • January 2025
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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:

  • school
  • 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.

How you'll learn

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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