Research course

Doctorate in Education

Open University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a masters degree in education or a related discipline from a UK university (or equivalent) that includes a 60-credit taught course in educational research methods (credits obtained from dissertation modules do not count; credits must be from modules that teach and assess research methods, for example, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, ethnography, discourse analysis or statistics). Alternatively, they should hold a masters degree in education or a related discipline plus 60 credits in educational research methods.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). It is an innovative programme designed for professionals in education and related areas who want to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of contemporary educational issues.

It is characterised by a professional orientation and a supportive structure. It aims to develop your skills in educational research and enquiry, and your ability to use these in order to carry out research that will contribute to professional knowledge and practice. A growing number of professionals regard this style of doctoral programme as being a more appropriate vehicle for their further development than the traditional PhD. It is a part-time programme of study, lasting three and a half calendar years.

Current/recent research projects

The following are titles of theses that have achieved an EdD. These titles are examples only and your own specific area of interest will probably differ:

  • Using songs to enhance language learning in the Cypriot primary EFL classroom
  • The formation of teaching identities among novice social science tutors: a longitudinal study at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Unravelling reading: evaluating the effectiveness of strategies used to support adults’ reading skills
  • Challenging behaviours and inclusion in a secondary school: perceptions, policies and practices
  • Workplace learning
  • Girls’ friendships within school
  • Managing educational change employing action research.
Potential supervisors

The EdD programme is organised into a number of research areas which are led by the following Academic Coordinators who will explore potential supervisors for you:

  • Dr Rebecca Ferguson – Technology-enhanced learning
  • Dr Felicity Fletcher-Campbell – Curriculum, equity and assessment
  • Dr Naomi Halford – Child and youth studies
  • Dr Anne Jelfs – Inclusive/special education
  • Dr Clare Lee – Teacher development and professional learning
  • Dr Hilary Lindsay – Developing lifelong learning
  • Dr Maggie Preedy – Educational leadership and management
  • Dr Linda Murphy – Language learning and teaching
  • To be confirmed – Language and literacy.

Department specialisms

Childhood and youth studies, incorporating inclusive/special education and child development Educational studies, incorporating teacher development and professional learning; creative teaching and learning; pedagogy and curriculum; equity and assessment; developing lifelong learning and educational leadership and management Language and literacies, incorporating language and literacy, and language learning and teaching Technology-enhanced learning, incorporating online and distance education and learning in a range of formal and informal contexts such as schools and museums.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

June Ayres, Programme Assistant
+44 (0)1908 653789