Research course


Durham University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess or expect to receive a relevant Masters degree and must be able to demonstrate proficiency in research methods, e.g. through the successful completion of a taught Masters degree which includes substantial research methods training.

Months of entry


Course content

The EdD has been designed to provide a professionally relevant high level degree which offers the opportunity to study educational issues and develop research skills in order to carry out doctoral level research. The programme provides a broad-based knowledge of a number of aspects of education through a system of taught modules that develop a base for the thesis and its opportunity to research a specific issue of professional concern in depth. As with a PhD, EdD students are required to produce a substantial piece of original research, demonstrating a high level of proficiency in professional research skills and an in-depth knowledge of the chosen field.

The EdD programme has two distinct stages: a taught phase where students are offered intensive tuition in small groups. The teaching is based on the most important and current international research, policy and practice; a thesis phase where students undertake supervised and independent doctoral level research to produce a 60,000 word thesis.

The thesis stage begins after successful completion of the taught phase. During this stage students are supported by two supervisors. For part-time students much contact will be through electronic media.

Information for international students

English Language requirements include an IELTS overall score of at least 7.0 with no element under 6.0 or a TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) score of at least 102 with no element under 23.

Fees and funding

Durham University offers a range of full and partial funding opportunities to outstanding applicants wishing to study towards doctoral degrees. Durham Doctoral Studentships and Research Council Studentships cover tuition fees and living costs, whilst Scholarships contribute to tuition fees and/or living costs.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
72 months

Course contact details

School of Education
(0) 191 334 8310