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 thirteenth cohort started in October 2020. From 2022 the EdD programme will be open not only to home but also to a small number of international students. We are now receiving enquiries for the cohort starting in October 2022.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 31 May 2023 (International Applicants)
    • 30 June 2023 (Home Applicants)

    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.

    Research Expertise and Interests

    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. From 2022 the EdD programme will be open not only to home but also to a small number of international students.

    If you start in October 2023, 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 2023-25

    • Study Block 1 (both face to face and online format): Fri-Sun, October 2023
    • Study Block 2 (online format): Fri-Sun, March 2024
    • Study Block 3 (online format): Fri-Sun, October 2024
    • Study Block 4 (both face to face and online format): Fri Sun, June 2025

    Sessions will combine asynchronous and synchronous engagement. For those who attend the study block remotely, the appropriate technology should be in place for remote attendance and participation. Also, for remote attendance, although we will do our best to accommodate time differences, there is a possibility for the synchronous online sessions to be at inconvenient times depending on your geographic time zone.

    Supervision meetings, Probationary Review Meetings, and Vivas

    They are offered online or face to face depending on individuals’ circumstances.


    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.

    How to Apply

    Applications can be made online:

    Please ensure that your application is accompanied by:

    • Official transcripts and certificates (in English) of your higher education qualifications.
    • A Personal Statement
    • A CV detailing your work experience to date.
    • Two academic references.
    • An official copy of your English language results (if relevant)
    • A Research Proposal of around 2,000 words

    The research proposal

    The research proposal submitted with the application is not expected to be a perfect or finished product, as it is likely to undergo changes over the course of the first two years of study, in consultation with your supervisor. However, it has an important role to play in that it is used to judge both the quality of the proposed project as well as the fit of the topic with the research expertise and supervisory availability within the school. This may be particularly important if the course is oversubscribed.

    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.

    Attendance to study blocks and training is required.

    Information about visa requirements for non-home students can be found on our student visa types page.

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