Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Education - EdD

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    Our Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professionally-focused, cohort-based doctorate. Aimed primarily at experienced professionals working in education, health and related fields. You should have at least four years’ experience in a relevant professional area. And hold a good postgraduate master’s degree from a recognised university.

    This course allows you to pursue doctoral study in the context of your professional role. And combines a taught course with independent research. Our academics are highly regarded and at the forefront of their subjects. Cutting-edge, research-led teaching will advance your knowledge and develop your professional skills.

    You will develop advanced research skills to become an independent, reflective and competent researcher. And benefit from our rich, diverse, intellectual and social environment. 

    We designed our programme of study to meet the needs of people in full-time employment. Taught elements of the programme are delivered both virtually and face-to-face.

    Learning and assessment

    This course is part time and takes between 4 – 7 years to complete.

    The taught element of the course is delivered face to face, supported by online learning. Teaching is normally held on Saturdays with a minimum of six days a year.

    Learning and teaching

    During the first part of the EdD programme, you will study taught modules. These are assessed in a variety of ways, including:

    • written assignments
    • presentations
    • your contribution to online discussions.

    You will receive ongoing support through staff and postgraduate research seminars. You also have the opportunity to attend seminars provided by the University, the Graduate School and the School of Education.  


    You will be assessed mostly with written assignments and presentations. 

    The research project, part of the Learning, Culture and Society module, allows you to experiment with different research methods and hone your research skills. Your thesis will be assessed with a viva.


    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. 

    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 four years’ experience in a relevant professional area, and should hold a postgraduate master's degree from a recognised university.

    We will be looking for a good grade (usually merit or distinction) in your master's, and you will need to provide an extract from your dissertation or from an equally substantial piece of academic writing.

    An IELTS score of 7 is required for those students whose first language is not English and who have not studied for their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in English.

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