Visit the institution website for COVID‑19 updates

Entry requirements

Applicants normally are expected to hold a Masters degree in Education or a related academic subject at Merit or Distinction level and will be required to have at least three years experience in a professional area.

If they do not possess a Masters degree, they may still be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate programme only, provided that they hold a good Honours degree (normally a First) in a relevant discipline and can demonstrate evidence of professional leadership in an education or related area. They may also be asked to submit a piece of writing demonstrating a critical understanding of contemporary issues in their field, and an ability to undertake research at doctoral level.

Applicants must be competent in English as a spoken and written language and all applicants must have a minimum Grade C in GCSE English or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Education (EdD) has been specifically designed to meet the needs of educational professionals in teaching, management or administration in a range of sectors. Students recruited to the programme come from occupations such as teaching, advisory roles, police work, social work and in the health sector, and often but not always hold senior positions. Common to them all is a desire to pursue an area of research related to and drawing on their professional work, and with the aim of creating new knowledge, applications and understanding that will bring both personal benefits and for the wider professional community.

There is a strong emphasis on individualised learning and personal critical reflection related to professional identities, values and contexts. The programme provides a structured environment in which students engage at an advanced level with a range of academic and professional issues relevant to their own practice. The learning and teaching strategy seeks to develop the three key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical and self-reflexive analysis integrating academic and professional considerations.

The programme is divided into two parts. In the first of these, students undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each). This is followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits), which forms a good foundation for the supervised thesis in part 2, on a research question broadly related to professional practice.

Information for international students

For international students the minimum English language requirement is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 including 6.0 in reading and writing or TOEFL 560 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • EdD by taught
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Claire Lloyd
+44 (0) 151 291 3027