Entry requirements

Students shall normally be required to have:

  • a Master’s degree from a UK university (in addition to a first degree) or an overseas equivalent;
  • plus at least three years full-time experience in a relevant professional area.

Candidates without a Masters degree may be admitted to the programme on the basis of a portfolio of prior professional work of Masters level equivalence.

Applicants whose first language is not English, need to demonstrate the appropriate level measured by IELTS, TOEFL or the EASE test.

Through the application process, candidates also need to demonstrate the potential to successfully complete a research degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Overview

The EdD offers a programme of research-based professional development for experienced professionals who have educational responsibilities within their employment. It is designed to encourage practitioners at doctoral level to:

  • undertake critical reflection;
  • acquire knowledge of contemporary educational policy developments and processes;
  • develop the ability to challenge in an innovative, substantive and original manner the adequacy of existing knowledge of policy developments and professional practice;
  • develop the capacity of defining, undertaking and evaluating research on educational policy and professional practice;
  • examine the dynamics of social class, gender and ethnicity in educational policy from a social justice perspective;
  • develop their own distinctive approach to research.

Course structure

The Doctor of Education consists of six taught modules over the first two years, followed by a research-based thesis of 40,000-50,000 words.

Core modules, Year 1:

  • Module 1 Education Policy and Social Justice: An Overview
  • Module 2 Introduction to Theories and Methodologies of Educational Research
  • Module 3 Evaluating Research and Reflecting on its Uses in Professional Contexts

Core modules, Year 2:

  • Module 4 Policy, Practice and Social Justice in Educational Institutions
  • Module 5 Research Proposal and Presentation
  • Module 6 Conducting Educational Research: A Pilot Study

Years 3+

  • Research-based thesis


Each module in the taught part of the course is assessed by an assignment of 4,000-5,000 words. The Research Thesis (40,000 – 50,000 words) should form a contribution to the knowledge of the subject area and show evidence of originality, either by the discovery of new evidence, or by the exercise of independent critical power.

A reflective statement (2,000 words) summarising what the student has learned from the course as a whole and how this has impacted on their professional practice must be submitted along with the thesis. The thesis is examined by two examiners, at least one of whom must be external to the university, through a viva voce.

Career opportunities

A Professional Doctorate in Education enhances career prospects for educational professionals. It constitutes the most advanced training in the field and prepares graduates to exercise leadership roles within their area of expertise, both at local and national levels. It may also lead to continuing research at advanced level and teaching in academia.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English, need to demonstrate the appropriate level measured by IELTS, TOEFL or the EASE test.

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,000 per year

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202