Research course

Doctor of Education

Brunel University, London · Education

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Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. The EdD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline.

The EdD programme is designed to equip students with skills in educational research and scholarship that enables each student to produce an original piece of practice-based educational research of doctoral standard. This means that every graduate from the programme, by the time they have graduated, will have produced a thesis, elements of which, at least, will be of publishable standard in good quality peer reviewed journals. Furthermore, the work will have real value for addressing a practical educational problem. This approach means that graduates will emerge from the programme with advanced research skills that complement their existing professional expertise.

The EdD is targeted at senior professionals with a responsibility for learning within their organisation. They may be schoolteachers or college/university lecturers but they may also be working in professions allied to medicine and social care, nursing or other public sector occupations such as the police and fire service.

Each student will be a member of a cohort of between 10 and 12 students who will be recruited at the same point and will follow the entire course at the same pace. This cohort model is intended to facilitate a sense of group identity and create opportunities for peer assisted active/cooperative learning and collaborative study. There will be six weekend study schools (Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon) in the first and second years of the programme (two per term) with the number reducing to three per year for years 3, 4 and 5. The reduction in number reflects the shift in emphasis towards an increasingly individualised approach to student learning through a growing emphasis on individual/personalised supervision as students focus on their respective theses from Year 3. During the first two years, weekend study schools will be divided between taught group sessions (96 hours) and individual mentoring/supervision (24 hours). Annual Summer schools for each year will be organised over four days and incorporate half day and evening activities.

The Applied Research Training (ART) taught component of this programme during the first two years is divided into the following study blocks:

  • Improving education and enhancing educational professionalism
  • Making sense of education: Theory, history and policy
  • Making sense of educational and social research
  • Close-to-practice research: Design, skills and judgement

The main aims of this programme are to enable students to:

  • develop research skills and knowledge relevant to the study of educational practice
  • reflect critically on their own professional practice
  • read, interpret, evaluate, conduct and disseminate research that is relevant to and has the potential to impact on their professional development and workplace practice
  • undertake doctoral level research and meet the requirements of rigour and originality

Information for international students

All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country.

Fees and funding

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • EdD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1895 265599