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. We are now recruiting for a January 2018 start. All applicants must complete the application form and submit this to the University of Worcester’s Research School. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2017 with interviews being held at the end of November.

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 organisational and 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.

The Professional Doctorate is designed for busy working professionals so the taught programme begins with a one-week workshop followed by ten in depth teaching blocks delivered either by face-to-face meetings or by virtual tutorial, delivered over an 18 month period, to complement your workload.

Information for international students

A full-time/International version of the EdD is not currently available.

Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Graduate Research School
01905 855214