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    Professional Doctorate in Doctor in Education (International)

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    This international pathway for the EdD programme is taught through a combination of intensive week-long courses in London and by distance learning.

    The programme is designed for an international body of practitioners in education, health and related fields who would like to extend their professional expertise and training and develop skills in research, evaluation and reflection on practice. It offers exciting opportunities for a cross-cultural and global examination of professionalism in education.

    The programme is as rigorous as traditional PhD studies and will enable you to focus on research that relates to your own professional practice.

    Programme of study and assessment
    The programme consists of:
    • three assessed taught courses, Foundations of Professionalism and Methods of Enquiry 1 and 2; each is examined by a 5,000-word assignment
    • an institution-focused study (IFS) leading to a report of about 20,000 words, providing evidence of how the study has supported
    your professional development and extended your understanding of your professional role
    • a research-based thesis of approximately 45,000 words, which must make a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study and afford evidence of originality and a capacity for autonomous research.

    Your assignments, report and thesis should include an international, intercultural or comparative dimension. There is also an oral examination, which will test both your thesis and your conceptual understanding of the integration of all the elements of
    the programme.

    You will be attached to an academic department from the start of the programme. You will receive support and guidance from your supervisor in this department, whom you will meet once a term on your visit to London, and who will be in regular email contact with you when you are in your own country. The responsibility for your IFS and thesis may later transfer to a
    different supervisor, depending on your particular research interests.

    Length of programme and teaching and study arrangements
    The programme is designed to be completed in four years of part-time study; the maximum period of registration is seven years. The entry date is October each year. It is taught through a combination of intensive one-week blocks in London with face-to-face tutorial support, and by email and online support when you are in your own country. We build in opportunities for you to keep in close touch with your fellow students.

    Residential programme of events
    During each of your one-week visits to London, you will take part in a programme that may include:
    • sessions on academic writing
    • training in qualitative and quantitative research methods
    • sessions on using the library and online library resources for research
    • research workshops
    • opportunities to socialise with other IOE students and to take part in Doctoral School conferences.

    While you are preparing for your IFS, you will receive support through a specialist course in international education.

    Dual EdD award in partnership with the National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore
    The international EdD degree programme can also form part of a dual award offered by the IOE in partnership with the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NIE). Students applying for the dual award programme must meet the entry requirements and be accepted by both institutions. If you are accepted you will undertake the taught components and the IFS report through one of the partner institutions and then transfer to the other institution to complete your thesis. Dual award students will have full access to the facilities and resources of each institution and, on successful completion of all the requirements of the dual EdD, will be eligible for the award of a Doctor in Education degree from both partner institutions. For details, see

    For more information about the EdD International and to apply, visit

    Visit the Doctor in Education (International) page on the University College London website for more details!

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    Entry Requirements

    You should have at least four years’ full-time experience in a relevant professional area and should normally hold a postgraduate masters degree with good grades from a recognised university. We will expect you to provide details of the grades you obtained in your masters degree and a copy of, or a substantial extract from, your masters dissertation.

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