Doctor of Education EdD


The Doctor of Education (EdD) has been specifically designed for professionals working in a variety of education-related, public service and charity sectors and who are ready to make the next step to doctoral study in part-time mode. Those joining the programme will typically come from occupational backgrounds such as teaching, learning support, advisory roles, police work, social work and health-related professions.  The shared interest for this student community will be a desire to pursue an area of doctoral research related to and drawing on their professional work with the aim of creating new knowledge, applications and understanding that will bring both personal benefits and a contribution of originality and innovation in the wider professional and academic community.

Validated by Liverpool Hope University, the programme has a strong emphasis on individualised learning and personal critical reflection related to professional identities, values and contexts. The programme provides a structured environment in which students engage at an advanced level with a range of academic and professional issues relevant to their own practice. The learning and teaching strategy seeks to develop key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical self-reflexive analysis through a blend of academic and professional themes.

The programme has a minimum registration period of four years  and is taught over a series of five study week-ends divided into two parts. In the first of these, students undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each) involving Professional Identity and Values; Knowledge, Truth and Values in Research; Research Skills and Methods. This is followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits), which forms the foundation for the supervised thesis in part 2 on a research question related to individual professional practice.

The professional doctorate is undertaken on a part time basis. Part One (Years 1 and 2) consists of three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each),  followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits) on a research question broadly related to professional practice. On successful completion of Part One, students progress to Part Two (Years 3 and 4) which comprises a substantial independent research project (60,000 words).

To apply please visit the EdD applications page 


pdf  EdD Leaflet
Last updated: 16 October 2017

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Entry requirements

Admissions criteria: 

The University’s requirements for admission to a programme of study leading to the award of a Professional Doctorate are that an applicant should:

 [a] submit an application form including a summary statement to indicate how undertaking study at the level of a professional doctorate relates to the applicant’s professional context;


[b] normally possess:

 A 1st or 2.1 Bachelors degree from UK University (or overseas equivalent)


[c] have at least 3 years’ significant and relevant experience in a professional area appropriate to the programme of study.

Applicants who do not meet clause b above, but do meet clauses a and c, may be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate programme only. Successful completion of Part One would enable a student to progress to Part Two, should they wish to complete a Professional Doctorate. 

In addition to satisfying the requirements above, applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Course Fees (2017/18): £1,990 Home/EU students

For more information please contact: Dr Dave Trotman


Tele: 0121 476 1181 Ext. 2252


To apply please visit the EdD applications page 


2017-18 £1,990 p.a. for Home/EU students 

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.


Bursaries 2018

The University has a student Bursary available for the 2017/18 programme covering course fees for up to a maximum of four years.  If you wish to apply, please submit a short (500 words max) supporting statement as a separate document alongside your application form. The supporting statement should address the criteria for allocation of the bursaries, which will be:

  • Academic achievement at degree level
  • The relationship of your proposed study to your current or future professional work
  • How the bursary will help in supporting you through the programme

Informal interviews will be held as soon as possible following approval of the formal application. The closing date for bursary applications is Thursday March 1st 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2018.

As a full time student, you will study a total of 180 credits each year. The credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits or 30 credits and dissertations are 60 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email


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To apply please visit the EdD applications page 

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