Taught course

Doctor of Education

University of East London · Cass School of Education and Communities
DProf by taught

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have three years of professional practice in education and a good Masters degree or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent. Applicants will also require a first- or upper second-class honours degree from a recognized UK higher education institution or a qualification regarded by the RDS as equivalent. Those without such qualifications are nonetheless encouraged to discuss the possibility of registering for the programme. Competence in oral and written English should satisfy university entrance requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme consists of two stages. In the first stage, you complete five modules of coursework. This includes structured training in research methods, as well as exposure to key issues and theoretical concepts in the area of Language, Education and Diversity (including both English Language Teaching and English as an additional language context).
The second stage of the programme consists of the Doctoral thesis.

Assessment consists of course work (stage one) and a final thesis (stage two). In stage one, each of the 5 taught modules is assessed by a 5000-word essay/report. These will be marked by two members of the Programme team, and moderated by an external examiner. Stage two of the programme consists of a 50000 word thesis which is examined by oral examination (viva voce) conducted by an internal examiner and an external examiner as per a traditional doctorate. The assessment criteria for the thesis are identical to those for other doctorates, though the thesis is shorter.

Candidates for a Professional Doctorate must successfully complete all assessed elements of their programme before award of the degree can be made.

How we support you

The Graduate School is responsible for providing a focus to the support of our postgraduate research students and for our institution's research and scholarly strategy. Professional Doctorate students will have at least two and not normally more than three supervisors, who together demonstrate an appropriate range of academic and professional experience. One supervisor shall be the Director of Studies with responsibility to supervise the candidate on a regular and frequent basis.

In addition we offer:

Individual tutor for each participant on the programme
Access to UEL study support learning resources
Access to cross-institutional seminars
Small teaching group/sessions
Carefully structured programme
Specialised Research Methods training
Detailed formative feedback on all assessed work
Linked specialist librarian

Information for international students

Where English is not the applicant's first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English (or such qualifications as our university deems comparable) score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, is required at entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration

DProf by taught

part time
45 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
0208 223 3333
0208 223 2978