Research course


Newcastle University · School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as education or social sciences. A merit master's degree is preferred, but not essential, although we would expect some study at master's level.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis with a 2:2 if you have other qualifications, such as a PGCE or Cert Ed, and educational work/research experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The course supports you in doctoral research related to your professional interests. We encourage critical reflection on experiences and expertise. You'll take an evidence-based approach to practice, innovation and change.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professional doctorate. It brings together theory, research and practice. This is through the close alignment of research with professional knowledge.

Professional doctorates are valuable in supporting and developing, evidence-based practice. This is to the benefit of the student and the wider education world.

You'll receive a structured introduction to education and a flexible approach to learning. You can tailor your study to your own interests and emerging needs in the taught stage. You'll develop research skills and approaches needed to succeed at the research stage.

It is appropriate for professionals who wish to undertake part-time doctoral study while working full time. It is also suitable for full-time students who are teachers or leaders and would like to develop research linked to their practices.

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Information for international students

English Language Requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • EdD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
+44 (0) 191 208 6569