Professional Doctorate in Education

    Course Description

    The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) is a research degree for professionals working in a wide range of education and learning settings. Building upon your existing knowledge and skills, the EdD will enable you to investigate and advance your own practice.

    Aimed at a wide range of education professionals in schools, colleges, universities and the lifelong learning sector, the EdD is the progression route of choice for those who have completed a masters level qualification with us or another UK university.

    You’ll conduct in-depth, empirical study related to your professional practice, together with the critical analysis of relevant policy and theory, with a view to addressing current problems and improving future practice in education.

    By developing and enhancing knowledge and understanding of key education issues, as well as skills such as problem solving, critical inquiry and reflection, the EdD aims to impact positively on practice in the wider organisations associated with education.

    During your studies, you’ll critically debate contemporary education issues, further develop your research skills and academic scholarship, and deepen your professional understanding. This will enable you to make an original contribution to practice, and equip you to bring tangible benefits to your organisation.

    On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Doctor of Education

    Course content

    This is a broad and flexible research-based degree that incorporates four taught modules and a substantial research thesis.

    The modules are:

    • Policy and Professional Practice
    • Theory in Educational Research
    • Designing Educational Research
    • Thesis Research Proposal

    Designed to help you develop your research focus and academic skills, the taught element of the EdD is typically completed over the first two to three years of study and involves attending a number of on-campus Saturday sessions in Stoke-on-Trent. There are preparatory readings and activities in advance of each Saturday session, where you’ll be able to present and evaluate your own ideas and learning.

    Staff-led sessions and guest lectures will provide opportunities for you to participate in critical debate surrounding pertinent issues in education research, policy and practice.

    After successfully completing the four taught modules, you’ll be allocated a supervisory team, conduct the research project and, over 24 months, produce a 50,000-word doctoral thesis, which is formally examined in a viva voce.


    The EdD offers research training and career development to a broad range of professionals in areas relating to education, whether in schools, further or higher education, or elsewhere.

    Typically students might be adult educators, contract researchers in HEIs, early years practitioners, FE and HE lecturers, head teachers, LA inspectors and advisers, primary and secondary teachers, senior administrators in national organisations, support staff, and educators in a range of professional organisations.

    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Education page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    A Masters degree in a relevant discipline, from a UK-based HE institution or overseas equivalent.
    A minimum of three years of relevant experience as a professional in an education setting.
    An IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in any component) if English is not your first language.

    Course Fees

    For the course starting on 6 March 2021 the tuition fees are:

    Tuition fees for Doctor of Education Part-time:

    Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands: £2,203 per year of study
    International (Non-EU): £6,250 per year of study

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