Research course

Education Professional Doctorate

Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A candidate for the Degree of EdD should:

  • Hold a Masters Degree of this University or of another deemed equivalent; and,
  • Hold that qualification normally in the general field of education, policy and/or management and/or social sciences or its equivalent in professional experience and a professionally accredited programme; and,
  • Have access to email and the internet for the e-supported parts of the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Education is a 4-8 year part-time course. In the first two years you would be required to attend the university for taught modules. There are 5 modules in total, each of which is taught in 1-2 day blocks. Around this formal teaching, there are regular opportunities for face to face and e-mail support. In years 3 - 4 (and beyond where necessary) you would work under the guidance and support of a nominated supervisor to produce a 60,000 word thesis.

The programme has been specifically designed for professionals - practitioners, policy-makers, leaders and managers, academics and teachers - at all levels of education, from early childhood through further and higher education, to lifelong learning.

Specifically the EdD aims to:

  • Promote an understanding of research evidence and methodologies relevant to professional practitioners
  • Develop a critical awareness of the policy context in which professional practice takes place
  • Enable participants to undertake a research study of relevance to their professional activities.

Fees and funding

Participants in professional doctorates may be able to obtain help with tuition fees from their employers.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months


part time
36 + months

Further details of qualification

Upon successful completion of the taught part of the EdD programme and a 15-20,000 word mini-thesis, students may be awarded an MRes (Education).

Course contact details

Tracey Harrison
+44 (0) 1782 734256