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Doctorate in Education (EdD)

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The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). It is an innovative programme designed for professionals in education and related areas who want to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of contemporary educational issues.

It is characterised by a professional orientation and a supportive structure. It aims to develop your skills in educational research and enquiry, and your ability to use these in order to carry out research that will contribute to professional knowledge and practice. A growing number of professionals regard this style of doctoral programme as being a more appropriate vehicle for their further development than the traditional PhD. It is a part-time programme of study, lasting three and a half years.

Qualifications available:

Doctorate in Education (EdD). Candidates who undertake this qualification are entitled to use the title Dr.


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Please see the EdD section of 'How to apply.'

Potential research projects

Projects are invited within the following academic study areas:

  • Childhood and Youth Studies, incorporating inclusive/special education and child development
  • Educational Studies, incorporating teacher development and professional learning; creative teaching and learning; pedagogy and curriculum; equity and assessment; developing lifelong learning and educational leadership and management
  • Language and Literacies, incorporating language and literacy and language learning and teaching
  • Technology Enhanced Learning, incorporating online and distance education.

Potential supervisors

  • The EdD programme is organized into a number of research areas which are led by the following Academic Coordinators:
  • Dr Felicity Fletcher-Campbell - Curriculum, equity and assessment
  • Dr Canan Blake - Online and distance education
  • Ms Barbara Mayor - Language and literacy
  • Dr Linda Murphy - Language learning and teaching
  • Dr Helen Peters - Developing lifelong learning
  • Dr Cindy Kerawalla - Child development
  • Dr Peter Lavender - Inclusive/special education
  • Dr Gwyneth Owen-Jackson - Teacher development and professional learning
  • Dr Christine Wise - Educational leadership and management

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

June Ayres, Programme Assistant
+44 (0)1908 653789

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.