Research course

Professional Doctorate in Education

University of Nottingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Masters degree in a relevant discipline and a 2:1 (or international equivalent).

Applicants should also have at least two years of professional experience in a relevant field or another suitable qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Professional Doctorates are doctoral level qualifications, equivalent to traditional PhDs. They are rigorous, part-time programmes of advanced applied study and research, specifically designed to meet the needs of practising professionals. They provide a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly inquiry to explore specific areas of interest.

This EdD programme is an opportunity for experienced education professionals to develop the critical knowledge and skills necessary to undertake their own research and thereby improve their educational practices and contexts.

The programme brings people together from across education sectors to work as a cohort in a series of weekend study schools and then on an extended piece of original research. The programme is taught by an established team of nationally and internationally recognised education scholars who boast a wide range of expertise and experience in research, teaching and policy work.

The EdD has a focus on theoretically-informed, applied educational research as a basis for understanding and transforming education understanding, practices and contexts across a range of sectors. It seeks to explore the connections between policy, research and professional knowledge and practice. At all times you will be expected to develop your own arguments and critical standpoint in relation to education research.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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