Research course

Doctorate in Education

Open University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain soon, a minimum of a a Masters Degree in Education or a related discipline (e.g. Educational Psychology, Educational Linguistics, Pedagogy and Didactics, Educational Technology, Language Teaching) from a UK/EU university or another recognised degree awarding body.

Applicants who do not have a Masters degree must be able to demonstrate suitability for postgraduate level research in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed work. Publications, written reports or other appropriate evidence of previous research may count as such evidence.

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • EdD
    part time
    36 months

    Course contact details

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