Research course

Doctorate of Education

Oxford Brookes University · School of Education

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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

This course is an opportunity to pursue doctoral study in the context of your professional role, combining taught courses with independent research. Your work will enable you to develop and use advanced research skills and so become an independent, reflective and competent researcher.

Our programme of study is structured specifically to meet the needs of people who are in full-time employment. Taught elements of the programme will be delivered both virtually and face-to-face. It is anticipated that teaching will normally be held on Saturdays with a minimum of six days a year. This course is part time and takes between 4 – 7 years to complete.

Information for international students

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 488368