Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Education (EdD)

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    Established in 1997, the EdD is a five-year part-time programme designed to meet the needs of professionals working in areas related to education, training and development who wish to draw on their everyday practice towards gaining a doctorate. This programme recruits every two years and the thirteen cohort started in October 2020. We are receiving now enquiries for the cohort starting in October 2022. The application process will start in September 2021.

    The application deadline is May 31st, 2022.

    We invite applications on research themes that are among the research expertise and supervisory availability within the school. We encourage prospective applicants to visit the profile of corresponding potential supervisors following the link below and to be informed about our research expertise, interests and current projects.

    Applicants are expected to signal in their application the match of their research topic with areas of our expertise. Exceptional applications on educational research outside these areas are also encouraged.

    Outline of Structure and Dates

    Length of course and teaching arrangements EdD is a part-time programme which will enable you to conduct your own research project over five years.

    If you start in October 2022, you will register directly for the EdD degree, the first two years of which will be considered a probationary period. In years one and two, you will attend sessions in educational theory and research methods in the form of four weekend study blocks. You will work on two assignments (Year One) and develop your research proposal (Year Two). By the end of the second year, after the successful completion of the two assignments and the research proposal, your probation will be confirmed by a review panel composed of your supervisors and an internal assessor.

    You will then progress to your research (Years Three, Four and Five) and we will support you in producing a series of formative assignments towards the preparation of the final thesis of up to 60,000 words. The four weekend study blocks in the first two years offer you an opportunity to engage, together with your cohort, in advanced professional development that is required before the EdD thesis submission.

    In addition, you will benefit from excellent face-to-face and online training in the Social Sciences Faculty. A successful completion of the EdD also requires personal independent study time of at least 60 hours per month. 

    Indicative teaching schedule 2022-24

    • Study Block 1: Sat/Sun, October 2022
    • Study Block 2: Sat/Sun, March 2023
    • Study Block 3: Sat/Sun, October 2023
    • Study Block 4: Sat/Sun, June 2024


    Year One

    Critical Literature Review (3,500 words)

    Comparison of Methodologies (6,500 words)

    Year Two

    Research Proposal (5,000 words)

    Ethics Application

    Year Three and Year Four

    Four formative assignments including Literature Review, Methodology, Issues Emerging from Data and Results/Conclusions

    Year Five

    A thesis of up to 60,000 words, incorporating the four formative assignments, with an oral examination.

    Research Expertise and Interest

    Visit the Doctor of Education (EdD) page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

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    Value of Scholarship(s)

    10% tuition fee reduction


    You are an Alumnus of UEA, or expect to become one, at the time of applying for an eligible postgraduate programme and are, and will remain, self-funded for the duration of the programme, (exemptions include PGCE, MBA, foundation, pre-Masters and postdoctorate diploma programmes).

    Application Procedure

    Please read the terms and conditions for this scholarship before applying:

    Further Information

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates will normally be expected to have a relevant Master's degree preferably with research component or other experience of research in Social Sciences. It is also expected that applicants will have experience in a relevant professional area.

    This is a part-time programme and not a distance learning. Attendance at study blocks and training is required.

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