Available for September start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 4-6 years

UK fee

£3,200 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£3,200 per year (2024/25)

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Education in its broadest sense

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) has a broad appeal: you do not have to be a teacher, tutor or lecturer to benefit, although many of our students are. The programme is relevant to professionals engaged in learning, teaching, coaching, development, education policy and administration in a vast range of occupations and settings.

Our students work in education establishments, health and social care, commercial management and training, organisational development and improvement, business and the voluntary sector.

Research with real impact

This is an intellectually challenging programme which will stimulate your professional thinking. We will equip you to undertake a substantial, robust research project in the context of your own practice.

Directly relevant to your working role, your independent study enables you to create and interpret new professional knowledge, support innovative approaches and improve quality. It yields significant benefits for your organisation and your own potential for further career development.

Structured for success

The first two years of the programme are designed to build your skills and confidence to engage in doctoral level study and to research your professional field. Individual tutorials offer essential guidance to steer your progress and thought-provoking seminar groups enable you to share experiences with fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds. This provides a firm foundation for your independent research during years three to six as you develop your thesis with the support of a team of supervisors.

Academic rigour and expertise

Our online Doctor of Education (EdD) course is delivered by research active tutors and supervisors who have expertise across all educational spheres and regularly publish their work. They will keep you abreast of latest thinking and challenge your perceptions.

The programme draws on the cutting-edge educational research for which the University is renowned in the following areas:

Our staff conduct influential studies on a range of topics from early years to adult learning, and we provide consultancy for government, schools and the wider education sector. This means your learning will be underpinned by innovative ideas which are changing the face of the education professions.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

The teaching and research supervision phase are delivered entirely online. The two years of the taught phase of the programme combine self-study with asynchronous interactions to enhance your learning meaning, you will be given access to our instructional materials each week and you will complete the activities at your own pace. Our online learning resources include an online discussion board, multimedia, and a live tutorial. You will access all the study materials, seminars, and tutorials through our virtual learning environment. This will enhance your learning experience, as you will learn both with and from your peers and the academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments provide a variety and range of tasks which go beyond the requirements of the academic essay. These facilitate professionals such as yourself in articulating and disseminating your expertise.

Over the course of the whole programme, you will undertake the following:

Pace of Study

This programme is only available part-time online and can be completed in four years. To achieve your Professional Doctorate, you will need to complete two 60-credit modules in year one and year two and an Independent Research for Practice module (420 credits) in year three and four, with a maximum registration period of eight years.

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. The postgraduate taught 60-credit modules are therefore taken over the whole academic year and we recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete 20-credits per 10-week trimester.

Who will teach you

Entry requirements

You will usually hold a masters award in an appropriate academic field, and have significant experience of work within your professional practice (usually two years minimum).

You should have high levels of competence in English. If necessary, this should be demonstrated by IELTS 6.5.

Your Research Proposal (containing the following detail):

The process of selecting Doctorate applicants is very competitive. Please ensure you spend time reading on your topic area and existing research, interrogating the literature, and refining your proposal.

We are not permitted to comment on your proposal. Do consider sharing your research proposal with an active research staff or colleague to seek feedback prior to submitting your application and proposal for the online EdD.

Please note: All suitable applicants will be interviewed.

Fees and funding

2024/25 for new entrants

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

UK/EU fee: £3,200 per year

International fee: £3,200 per year

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course based on the fee in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

If you are required to undertake any associate study or additional study as a condition of your offer for the programme, please be aware that the cost for this may be in addition to the programme cost stated above.

UK/EU fee: £3,200 per year

International fee: £3,200 per year

Please note that the instalment calendar for this programme is as follows:

Trimester in which course begins Initial payment up front (25%) 2nd payment (25%) due 3rd payment (25%) due 4th payment (25%) due Total payment made (100%)
Autumn Enrolment = £800 1 November = £800 1 February = £800 1 May = £800 £3,200

Please note: that any costs incurred as part of your Research Study are not included within your course fees.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

All applications will be reviewed by the University and suitable applicants will be invited to for an interview that will be held on Microsoft Teams.

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:


Our students choose this programme as a crucial part of their personal and professional development. You will gain impressive skills in research, analysis, critical and strategic thinking which will enhance your performance in your current role while paving the way to further career opportunities. The doctorate is often a stepping stone from a mid- career education professional to a more senior teaching and leadership roles such as, university discipline lead, senior lecturer, education consultant, director of training and development, senior curriculum specialist and instructional designer, and education policy analyst.

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