Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Education

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent)
  • Master's degree in education or a related social science field (with distinction - or in exceptional cases, merit - awarded for the dissertation).

Months of entry


Course content

The EdD Education is aimed primarily at education professionals already engaged in - or with recent experience of - teaching, training, research, certain administrative roles, or professional development in the UK. Since it involves compulsory campus-based taught sessions on six weekends each year for the first two years of the programme, all students must be resident in the UK or able to travel regularly to the UK in order to attend all of these compulsory taught sessions, and to meet with their supervisors, and to participate frequently in other activities expected of doctoral students. Remote or distance participation in the programme is not permitted .

The Manchester EdD programme is taught by a core team of the Manchester Institute of Education's most senior academics, who are all internationally renowned researchers who are leading lights in their respective fields. These world-leading academics are highly experienced, have written numerous books and academic papers, and are frequently invited to present keynote talks in the UK and overseas, and to advise overseas organisations.

Offering ready access to these distinguished academics as your teachers and/or supervisors, the EdD programme prepares you to conduct high-quality, doctoral-standard research on aspects of or issues relating to your own professional role or professional culture. Current EdD students include:

  • Early years, primary and secondary teachers;
  • Further education lecturers;
  • University lecturers;
  • Academic developers in universities;
  • Headteachers and school/academy principals;
  • Departmental heads;
  • Support staff, including special needs support assistants;
  • Private educational consultants;
  • Trainers in a range of professional organisations;
  • Educators of health professionals;
  • Adult educators;
  • Local authority inspectors and advisors.

By undertaking the EdD Education at the MIE you will be joining an internationally renowned research community. You will have the opportunity to participate fully in all events that reflect our vibrant research culture. The MIE's research specialisms include:

  • Educational policy and leadership;
  • Working life in education contexts;
  • Higher education policy and practice;
  • Curriculum specialisms, such as mathematics education and TESOL;
  • International higher education;
  • The history and evolution of universities;
  • Civic sociology;
  • Urban education and disadvantage;
  • Pedagogy and assessment;
  • Educational equity;
  • Inclusive education.

As an EdD graduate, you will have achieved a prestigious academic credential from a world-leading university.

During the programme, you will have developed research skills and knowledge that are transferable both to additional research opportunities and to your professional practice.

The EdD therefore provides a good grounding if you wish to become a researching professional. You may also want to publish your research findings in professional and/or academic journals, or progress to jobs within HE. The Manchester EdD Education offers you the choice of presenting a thesis in traditional monograph form, or in the form of papers written for publication - the latter will give you a head start in pursuing an academic career, if that interests you.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

The programme is aimed at home students already engaged in education/training in the UK. This does not preclude non-British nationals applying for the course but it is expected that participants will be employed in the UK.

Course contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
+44 (0)161 275 0807