Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Education - EdD

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    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.

    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.

    See website for module information.

    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.

    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.

    Visit the Doctor of Education - EdD page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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    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

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