Entry requirements

You should normally have

  • at least two years’ experience in a relevant professional area

  • a good Master's degree (usually merit or distinction) from a recognised university

You will need to provide

  • an extract from your dissertation or an equally substantial piece of academic writing

  • a statement in support of your application (1,000 words max) which should indicate:

    • possible areas of research for your thesis. This should indicate the broad area of enquiry (e.g. assessment practices in early years). We would not expect you to specify a defined research question at this stage.

    • any particular research methods or approaches that you would be interested in employing (or of which you have prior experience)

    • any wider theoretical or conceptual perspectives on educational research that you would be interested to explore

    • why you want to join the EdD programme

    • how you feel that it will enhance your professional development.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

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

On this course, you’ll gain a deep understanding and awareness of what it means to be a professional in an educational setting.

You'll have the opportunity to engage with educational research, focussing on the areas that interest you.

You'll build advanced specialist research skills and critical analysis skills. You'll also have the space and time to reflect on your academic writing. You will be able to make use of academic support and guidance to advance your writing with a view to publishing academic articles.

You'll also become an independent, reflective and effective educational researcher. You'll carry out relevant research - creating new knowledge that will contribute to the field of education.

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

UK students
£3,250 (Part Time)

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

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