Research course

Doctor in Education Combined

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You should have acquired at least four years' full-time experience in a relevant professional area and should normally hold a postgraduate masters degree with good grades from a recognised university. We will expect you to provide details of the grades you obtained in your masters degree and a copy of a substantial extract from, your masters dissertation. We expect you to provide four (A4 size) pages summarising the research you would like to conduct if you are admitted to the EdD programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The EdD is designed for an international body of practitioners who would like to extend their professional expertise and training and develop skills in research, evaluation and reflection on practice. It is relevant to all academic staff in universities and colleges, school teachers, health professionals, and other professionals, including those working in international organisations. It is also suitable for senior administrators in schools, universities and educational and government bodies.

The entry date is October each year, applications are accepted from January to the end of August.

During the taught element in year one students can choose between two modes of delivery for each module. This choice will be made for before the start of each module:

1. Three two-day (Friday and Saturday) blocks in London per term with tutor support face-to-face or by e-mail for the development of assignments
2. An intensive one-week block in London with face-to-face tutorial support or by e-mail for the development of assignments

During the IFS and Thesis Stage you are assigned a supervisor with whom you will meet 6-9 times per year. In addition you will be supported by IFS and thesis workshops which are offered in two modes of delivery. As with the first year taught modules, this choice will be made for before the start of each term.

Specialist courses from the Advanced Research Training Programme are available in a range of modes, depending on course.

Department specialisms

Contemporary Education Policy/Leadership and Learning in Educational Organisations/Post-Compulsory Education, Training and Lifelong Learning/Using Psychoanalytic Perspectives to Make Sense of Education and Educational Research.

Information for international students

We make every effort to care for the 500+ international students from over 80 countries registered on our courses each year.

Fees and funding

Employer or sponsorship.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions
+44 (0)20 7612 6100