Research course

Doctor of Education EdD

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

Normally students will have completed a Master’s degree before enrolling on the Education Doctorate, and will be (or have been) working in an educational context.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

The EdD is for professionals working in schools, universities, educational businesses, agencies or voluntary bodies who would like to research into any aspect of pedagogy, teaching or learning.

Education, pedagogy, teaching and learning continue to be at the forefront of cultural debates, since they help us understand our identities and values as a society. Our EdD is designed to support graduate professionals working across the education sector to conduct original doctoral research in this continually changing field.

Why study EdD with us?

You will study under the guidance of our team of active researchers who have international reputations in their field and who will support you throughout the course.

You will undertake taught modules that are delivered over six weekends each year to fit in with the busy schedules of working professionals. Evening seminars, workshops and conferences are held regularly to supplement the course; some weekend sessions are taught in situ, such as the creative education workshops in the galleries at Tate Liverpool.

How will I be taught?

You will study as a member of a supportive peer group, and will be encouraged to develop distinctive themes for research grounded in your own professional practice. You will be taught in weekend seminars and workshops, as well as through individual tutorials.

Contact hours are 20 per taught module. You will also be expected to undertake 400 hours’ private study per taught module, and 3,000 hours for the thesis.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment of taught modules comprises written and practical assignments based on small-scale research projects. The final assessment is based on your doctoral thesis and viva. Creative practices may form part of your thesis.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • EdD
    full time
    36-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services