Entry requirements

Professional doctorates are designed for mid-career and senior professionals who have previous higher level study, and significant professional experience. The emphasis is on developing links between theory and professional practise through a process of reflective and reflexive learning. Professional doctorates are not essentially professional qualifications; rather they provide evidence of advanced study in a relevant area.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme is a professional doctorate which enables you to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding through a wide-ranging interdisciplinary programme of research into your professional practice. Through this programme of research it is anticipated that you will improve your practice and make a significant contribution to your continuing professional development. The programme provides you with a grounding in the essential skills that are required to articulate and interrogate the key issues relating to education policy, the changing role of social institutions, aspects of pedagogy and the implications for multiple and fluid professional identities on everyday education practice in a context of global interconnectedness and interdependence.

The programme is offered through a combination of evening sessions and a series of block sessions delivered on occasional Thursday evenings and some Saturday mornings. to maximise the accessibility of the programme to participants from further afield. It is delivered using a blend of lectures, group work, seminars, tutorials, workshops and e-learning approaches. A Professional Development Tutor (PDT) will be assigned to you at the start of the programme. The PDT will support you through the taught stage of the programme and, where appropriate, will take on the role of supervisor at the thesis stage.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/professional-doctorate-in-education-edd
International students
Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/professional-doctorate-in-education-edd

Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 - 72 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595
+44 (0)121 331 7994