Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)


    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    The programme has been specifically designed for professionals - practitioners, policy-makers, leaders and managers, academics and teachers - at all levels of education, from early childhood through further and higher education, to lifelong learning.

    The Doctorate in Education is a 4-8 year part-time course. In the first two years you would be required to attend the university for taught modules. There are 5 modules in total, each of which is taught in 1-2 day blocks. Around this formal teaching, there are regular opportunities for face to face and e-mail support. In years 3 - 4 (and beyond where necessary) you would work under the guidance and support of a nominated supervisor to produce a thesis.

    The programme has been specifically designed for professionals - practitioners, policy-makers, leaders and managers, academics and teachers - at all levels of education, from early childhood through further and higher education, to lifelong learning.

     Specifically the EdD aims to:

    • Promote an understanding of research evidence and methodologies relevant to professional practitioners
    • Develop a critical awareness of the policy context in which professional practice takes place
    • Enable participants to undertake a research study of relevance to their professional activities.

    "Blow the dust off your brain, practice your theories and theorise your practices with this challenging, stimulating and thought provoking programme." Visit the testimonials tab to read more.

    The EdD has one entry point a year, in October.  

    The programme consists of five units with five associated formative assignments taught in mainly two-day Course Session events to support the development of your research plan and proposal (years 1 and 2), Regular e-supported learning between Course Sessions and a Research thesis (up to 60,000 words) in years 3 and 4.

    Course Content and Assessment

    The programme is assessed by four formative assignments, one summative assignment and a Research Thesis. These are attached to the following units:

    Module 1 EDU-40116: Introduction to theories and methods as a reflective practioner-researcher 

    Assignment: Self-Reflection and Personal Development Plan

    Module 2 EDU-40104: Critical theories and analytical perspectives in education 

    Assignment: Theoretical Perspectives on education policy and practice

    Module 3 EDU-40117: Research methods and evaluation 

    Assignment: A General Research Methods critique

    Module 4 EDU-40105: The pilot study     

    Assignment: a commentary and report on a pilot study that will inform the final research proposal for the thesis

    Module 5 EDU-50001: Preparing and presenting a thesis proposal 

    This is a summative assignment (5,000 words written and 1,000 words oral presentation)

    Years 3 and 4+: A Research Thesis 

    This will be between up to 60,000 words and will draw from the previous five assignments. It should form a contribution to the knowledge of the subject area and show evidence of originality, either by the discovery of new evidence, or by the exercise of independent critical power. The thesis is examined by the conventional method of the viva voce.

    Tutors will guide the participants through their formative assignments and a supervisor will be allocated for the Thesis Proposal and Thesis.

    Alternative exit point for the EdD

    Upon successful completion of the taught part of the EdD programme and a 15-20,000 word mini-thesis, students may be awarded an MRes (Education).


    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) page on the Keele University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    A candidate for the Degree of EdD should:

    1. Hold a Masters Degree of this University or of another deemed equivalent; and,
    2. Hold that qualification normally in the general field of education, policy and/or management and/or social sciences or its equivalent in professional experience and a professionally accredited programme; and,
    3. Have access to email and the internet for the e-supported parts of the programme.

    There is no deadline for applications but you are strongly encouraged to apply before 1st August to secure your place and to receive the preliminary course information.


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