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Entry requirements

You should normally have at least four years’ experience in a relevant professional area, and should hold a postgraduate master's degree from a recognised university.

We will be looking for a good grade (usually merit or distinction) in your master's, and you will need to provide an extract from your dissertation or from an equally substantial piece of academic writing.

We also ask you to provide a statement in support of your application, not exceeding 1,000 words, which should indicate:

  • possible areas of research for your thesis (we recognise this may change during the course of your doctoral studies)
  • why you want to join the EdD programme
  • how you feel that it will enhance your professional development.
English language requirements

An IELTS score of 7 is required for those students whose first language is not English and who have not studied for their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in English.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professionally-focused, cohort-based doctorate. Aimed primarily at experienced professionals working in education, health and related fields. You should have at least four years’ experience in a relevant professional area. And hold a good postgraduate master’s degree from a recognised university.

This course allows you to pursue doctoral study in the context of your professional role. And combines a taught course with independent research. Our academics are highly regarded and at the forefront of their subjects. Cutting-edge, research-led teaching will advance your knowledge and develop your professional skills.

You will develop advanced research skills to become an independent, reflective and competent researcher. And benefit from our rich, diverse, intellectual and social environment.

We designed our programme of study to meet the needs of people in full-time employment. Taught elements of the programme are delivered both virtually and face-to-face.

Information for international students

International applications

Currently international students would have to attend the taught sessions in Years 1 and 2, which will be at weekends. As the course is only available in part-time mode it may not be possible for some international students to meet visa requirements which normally stipulate full-time study.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • EdD
    part time
    48-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848