Doctor of Education EdD

Taught Higher Degree , Part-time

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Key Details

  • 4 Years
Doctor of Education


Call Admissions 0121 476 1181 to find out more about applying directly to Newman University and when the next cohort is recruiting for.

Why study this course?

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 

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.

To apply please visit the EdD applications page 

Contact details

Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)

Contact: EdD Programme Leader
Professor Dave Trotman
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2252)


Course Fees

£1,990 p.a. for Home/EU students*

*Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Finance Information - GOV.UK
You can get funding for postgraduate study through loans, studentships, bursaries and grants - you might also get help from your employer. A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loan.

If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs. It isn’t based on your income or your family’s and it’s paid directly to you. You’ll be able to apply from summer 2018

See: Funding for Postgraduate Study – from


Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses


Course modules are taken over a minimum of 4 years see the above course modules link