Entry requirements

Prospective students will ordinarily possess a Masters degree, and selection will also be based on an interview, including discussion of a piece of recent writing. The principal criterion, however, is a demonstrated capacity to combine imaginative work-based research with contemporary theoretical analysis.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Education (EdD) programme at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is designed to enable professionals to acquire a major qualification through researching and renewing their own professional practice. The programme emphasises critical intervention in policy, practice and debate built through the study of a variety of academic disciplines.

This long-established and highly regarded programme recruits every two years and is currently accepting applications to join the next cohort of students commencing in September 2018. Students are typically drawn from an array of disciplines including HE lecturing, teaching, inspection, nursing, social work, youth and community work, museum and gallery studies, and professionals working within institutes for social policy and planning.

The programme is divided into two parts: Part A comprises ten study weekends and two student conferences over two years. Five assignments are completed, all focused on professionalism and research methods and linked to the student's immediate professional concerns; Part B, the thesis element, comprises independent research, often in the student's own work location, culminating in a thesis shaped around professional development and intervention. Students are encouraged to publish their work and past students have had an excellent record of moving to more senior positions during their studies.

Research in Practice

The programme seeks to place the student in a more critically informed relationship with current educational debates, particularly as they impact on notions of 'professionalism'. It is intended that such a critical platform will help them come to their own conclusions about what the implications are for their practice as professionals, and intervene in educational debates appropriately.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

EdD by taught

part time
48-60 months

Course contact details

Elaine Sheehan
+44 (0)161 247 2010