Doctor of Education


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Key facts

Start dates

September 2023


Harcourt Hill

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


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.


Female Doctor of Education, EdD student studying with headphones in on campus at Oxford Brookes University

How to apply

Entry requirements

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.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Successful applicants will be invited to interview.

Successful applicant interviews will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from January 2022 to July 2022.

English language requirements

An IELTS score of 7 is required for those students whose first language is not English and who have not studied for their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in English.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Currently international students would have to attend the taught sessions in Years 1 and 2, which will be at weekends. As the course is only available in part-time mode it may not be possible for some international students to meet visa requirements which normally stipulate full-time study.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

The application deadline for this Doctorate is 31 July 2023.

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

Featured funding opportunities available for this course.

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Learning and assessment

On the course you'll develop a critical understanding of social research. You'll advance your academic writing and build the skills to become an independent researcher. 

In your first year you'll build your knowledge of educational theories and research. You'll have the support and guidance to write at a doctoral level. You'll also start to focus your expertise and prepare for your research project.

In your second year you'll focus on developing your research skills and using the knowledge and experience you've gained so far to develop the proposal for your thesis. 

Throughout the course you'll work with fellow students and the academic team. You'll develop relationships through your research project with stakeholders and participants.

Over the final years of the course you'll work on your thesis focussing on a specialist area that interests you. You'll have  support and guidance from your two supervisors. Your thesis will make a valuable  contribution to knowledge in the field of education.


Three Doctor of Education, EdD students talking on the way to a lecture on campus at Oxford Brookes University

Study modules

You'll take 160 Masters level credits and 380 Doctorate level credits to achieve the award of EdD

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Writing for Academic Practice

You'll have the support and guidance to establish your writing skills at a doctoral level. 

You'll investigate:

  • Aspects of doctoral discourse 
  • How to write a  literature review.

You’ll gain academic editing and reviewing skills, and then apply your knowledge to move towards academic publication.


Educational Theory, Professionalism and Practice

You'll examine educational theories and theoretical frameworks and their use in doctoral research. You'll start to consider the contribution of your thesis to professional practice. 

You'll also have guidance and support to critique selected theoretical approaches. And you'll clarify your research aims, identifying research frameworks for your thesis.

You'll develop your field of expertise, building a sense of your voice as you emerge as a scholar.

Years 1 and 2

Compulsory modules

Preparing your Research Proposal

In Year 1,  you'll collate the knowledge and experience you gain from the taught modules and relate these to the development of your thesis proposal. 

In Year 2, you'll move theoretical ideas into practice and gain insights into developing the research project that will inform your thesis. 

You'll have the opportunity to reflect on and consider the issues you may face when devising educational research with a range of participants and stakeholders.


Year 2

Paradigms, Methodologies and Research Methods

On this module you'll:

  • Develop a critical understanding of educational research.
  • Review research paradigms for enquiries into educational practice.
  • Progress specialist research skills.

You'll have the opportunity to create, trial and use research tools, learning how successful they are in addressing your research questions. And you'll also assess what you've learnt for your thesis.

You'll gain an advanced critical understanding of research paradigms, methodologies and methods.


Years 3, 4 and 5

Compulsory modules


You'll have two supervisors to support and guide you as you undertake your research and write your thesis. 

Your thesis will be about 60,000 words in length and will focus on a specialist area of your choice. When writing your thesis you'll have regular support from your supervisors and also through thesis workshops with other EdD students.

Your thesis will involve professionally relevant research which creates new knowledge and contributes to professional knowledge in the educational field.


Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Through the course you'll become an active and independent researcher and academic writer. 

Your learning will include:

  • face-to-face lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • online conferencing
  • student-led learning
  • individual tutorials
  • supervised sessions.

During the EdD you’ll gain the skills for intellectual autonomy.

You'll attend seven teaching days spaced across the academic year and a one day colloquium. These will all take place on Saturdays 09.30 until 16.15. 

Once you've successfully completed the taught modules, you'll start your thesis. This will involve regular meetings with your supervision team and optional workshops with other EdD students three times a year.

You will also have access to the Faculty’s and University’s training programmes for doctoral students.


Assessment methods used on this course

Your assessment in the taught modules will be through:

  • assignments
  • online discussions
  • peer reviews
  • presentations
  • oral assessment

The assessment of the thesis is through a viva.

Through your assessments you'll gain experience of academic activities - such as conference presentations and writing for publication. You'll also build the skills and knowledge you need for your thesis.


Our research groups include: 

  • inclusion and wellbeing
  • policy, partnership and leadership
  • STEAM pedagogy and learning
  • humanistic perspectives on education
  • early years
  • applied linguistics

 We also have the following research conferences:

  • the school of education research conference
  • the EdD colloquium

Research is published in leading peer-reviewed journals. Emeritus, Honorary and Visiting Research Fellows contribute to our research programmes and outputs. 

All students are invited to attend the annual research seminar series.

Members of the School engage in a variety of funded and unfunded research projects, including the Fulbright-Peabody scholarship. Funded research studentships are offered to doctoral applicants, when feasible.  

Female Doctor of Education, EdD researcher reading a book in accommodation at Oxford Brookes University

After you graduate

Career prospects

EdD students are typically experienced professionals in education, healthcare and related fields. During the programme and after graduation many will go on to promoted posts in these areas.

As a doctoral qualification, the EdD also provides opportunities for those seeking employment and promotion in the higher education sector.

Related courses

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.