Research course

Doctorate of Education

University of Gloucestershire · School of Education and Humanities

Entry requirements

  • A master’s degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • Professional experience of an educational role or setting
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

The Doctor of Education (EdD) differs from a PhD in that it’s primarily focused on professional rather than theoretical issues and is aimed at those who’ve already been employed in the education sector for a number of years, as lecturers, teachers, consultants, advisers or inspectors. Through this programme, you can both challenge and enhance your practice by engaging with relevant theory, policy and empirical research.

The EdD attracts a diverse range of educational professionals. Students work across a range of education sectors, including higher education, local authorities, schools and colleges and early years settings.

Study style

There are taught sessions in groups and individual supervisions, in addition to visiting professors and fellows who may enhance provision.

The taught phase introduces you to methodological, political, philosophical, sociological and epistemological concepts that will underpin issues that emerge from the professional context. You’ll join a supportive community and study four modules – three with academic content and one focused on research methods. The entire programme has four cross-cutting themes: Leadership, Inclusion, Sustainability and Childhood, Youth, Families and Community.

During the thesis phase you’ll work on a research question of your choice with the support of two supervisors.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

03330 141414