Research course

Doctor of Education (EdD)

University of Worcester · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to be active experienced professionals who have recently (within the last 6 years) been awarded a relevant Masters qualification. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they have a minimum of three years professional engagement in education or a closely related context.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professional doctoral degree designed to enhance education leadership and professional practice.

The programme is designed to provide an opportunity for education professionals to work creatively by analysing and synthesising research literature, and their own research evidence, to understand their own professional contexts more critically and to find solutions to key challenges in their working environment. In doing so it is envisaged that our students will become (and ultimately lead) communities of practice within their profession.

The Professional Doctorate award is distinct from the PhD award in the following respects:

  • There is a considerable weighting given to a taught component which comprises an integral and key part of the programme, and the assessment of the taught component contributes directly towards the final award.
  • The thesis produced by Professional Doctorate students will make an original contribution to knowledge within the relevant area or areas of professional practice.

The benefits of the EdD are both organisationaland personal. The evidenced-informed insights and new knowledge generated are likely to impact greatly: the participants undertaking the EdD broadening and deepening their professional outlook.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months

Course contact details

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