Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    Professional Doctorates at Keele provide rigorous, structured programmes of advanced study and research, equivalent in status to a PhD but usually taken on a part-time basis and reflecting professionally focused contexts. They are normally completed in 6 years part-time.  

    The Education (EdD) professional doctorate is a programme specifically designed for professionals - policymakers, leaders and managers, academics and teachers - at all levels of education, from early childhood through further and higher education, to lifelong learning. A professional doctorate provides a rigorous programme of advanced study and research, equally rigorous to the purely research-orientated PhD. 

    Programmes are delivered using blended face-to-face and online means, as students are usually in full-time work whilst on programme. The Doctorate in Education is a 4-8 year part-time course, normally completed in 6 years. During the first two years, students take taught modules with assessments that are designed to explore and structure the research project.  After successfully completing these assignments, students undertake their research project under the guidance of supervisors. The final degree is awarded on the successful submission and examination of a thesis (of 60,000 words) in the same way as for a PhD.

     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.


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

    The modules that students take in the first two years each last about four months, and each begins with an intensive two-day block of input and discussion. Tutors guide participants through the first four modules and associated assignments. You are allocated a supervisor at the stage where you devise your formal research proposal. The proposal is assessed orally and in writing before you can proceed to conduct your thesis. The thesis is undertaken by independent work under the supervision of your supervisor. 


    Areas of expertise and research interest

    Keele especially welcomes applications from doctoral students interested in researching the following areas of educational policy and practice: international education and higher education, critical policy analysis, educational 'capitals', inclusion, identity and belonging, stereotyping, aspirations and attainment, policy and practice, the history of education in Britain, critical pedagogy, progressive education, secondary education, educational and higher educational finance, markets and marketisation. 

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

    Entry Requirements

    A candidate for the EdD should:

    Usually hold a Masters Degree of this University or of another deemed equivalent; and,
    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,
    Have access to email and the internet for the e-supported parts of the programme.

    *Applicants without a Masters degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis, where they can provide evidence of relevant professional experience or other experiential prior learning.

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