Doctor of Education


Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Part time: Normally five years: two years on the taught phase and three years writing the thesis. Maximum length of study: six years


Harcourt Hill


School of Education


On this course, you’ll gain a deep understanding and awareness of what it means to be a professional in an educational setting.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with educational research, focussing on the areas that interest you.

You’ll build advanced specialist research skills and critical analysis skills. You’ll also have the space and time to reflect on your academic writing. You will be able to make use of academic support and guidance to advance your writing with a view to publishing academic articles.

You’ll also become an independent, reflective and effective educational researcher. You’ll carry out relevant research – creating new knowledge that will contribute to the field of education.

Specific entry requirements

You should normally have

– at least two years’ experience in a relevant professional area
– a good Master’s degree (usually merit or distinction) from a recognised university

You will need to provide

– an extract from your dissertation or an equally substantial piece of academic writing
– a statement in support of your application (1,000 words max) which should indicate:

– possible areas of research for your thesis. This should indicate the broad area of enquiry (e.g. assessment practices in early years). We would not expect you to specify a defined research question at this stage.
– any particular research methods or approaches that you would be interested in employing (or of which you have prior experience)
– any wider theoretical or conceptual perspectives on educational research that you would be interested to explore
– why you want to join the EdD programme
– how you feel that it will enhance your professional development.