Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Education

Entry requirements

In most instances, candidates should have a Masters degree, completed at a level which indicates potential for research, or evidence of research training and/or experience of research. It is also likely that applicants will have considerable experience in their field. Those without such qualifications are nonetheless encouraged to discuss making an application for the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is aimed primarily at home students already engaged in education, training or professional development in the UK. This does not preclude non-British nationals applying for the programme but it is expected that participants will be employed in the UK and are able to pursue a part-time student registration. The focus throughout the programme is on research methodology as it applies to research that participants will conduct on their own practice or on an aspect of their professional culture. There are currently three themes available to those who wish to study for an EdD:

Education Policy and Leadership
Education in Urban Contexts
Post-Compulsory Education

The first three years of the course are structured around three areas: 'Reading Research', 'Planning Research', and 'Research Methods in Action'. Participants are required to submit three research papers on these areas (each of approximately 10,000 words) in the first two years at a standard suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal. This coursework will inform your thinking and writing for your research thesis of 40,000 to 50,000 words in years three to six of the programme. In addition to support from your theme leader, you will be assigned a specialist supervisor who will assist in the development of your work. All research papers have to be completed successfully before progression to the thesis element of the programme.

EdD participants meet as a group once a month (early evening) and for three study weekends per year for the first two years of the programme. Study is also supported by comprehensive written materials which include course notes, guided readings, reference lists and short tasks to complete. Once in the thesis stage of the programme, attendance for individual supervision is required as agreed with the supervisor.

Department specialisms

The School of Education offers rich diversity of opoprtunity for over 1,000 postgraduate students in one of the largest graduate educational research communities in the UK. Key groups are Managing Diversity in Education and Pedagogy, Assessment and Teacher Development.

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Fees and funding

Some EdD participants have financial support from their employer (negotiated on a case-by-case basis).

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
0161 275 3466
0161 275 3528