Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Education (EdD)


    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a part-time doctoral research degree for educators working in a wide range of educationally-oriented settings who wish to extend their professional understanding and develop advanced skills for research, reflection and evaluation.

    This doctoral level programme is an excellent opportunity for education professionals in all fields and settings. If you are working as a teacher or manager in early years, school, college, university, health and social care, library, prison or a museum or heritage service, this programme will enhance your career. Through engaging in critical self-reflection and a sequence of structured learning experiences culminating in a substantial piece of professionally-focused research, the EdD will enable you to transform your practice and make a contribution to new professional knowledge. You will develop a strong foundation for rigorous, research-led pedagogy and praxis.

    Our academic staff have extensive experience of working with multi-agency partners, researching professionals at masters and doctoral level, and leading national and international research-active projects.

    Reasons to choose Kingston University

    • We are ranked No. 2 in the UK for Education (Guardian University Guide 2022).
    • We offer a supportive and flexible learning environment to help busy professionals balance work with study.
    • We provide research facilities, research training opportunities, and research-active experienced supervisors from the wider Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.
    • We have strong relationships with a number of multi-agency partners, providing students with extensive networking opportunities.

    What you will study

    The programme combines contextual modules with independent research. Issues are introduced, reconsidered and further developed in successive modules towards the research proposal, which is the ‘gateway' to the independent Research Project, the 'capstone' to the EdD. In the first two years, the programme contains taught modules which address issues of education professionalism, interprofessionalism, policy and practice, the philosophy and practice of educational research and the design of a research proposal. These modules will prepare you to carry out a substantial professional-relevant research project in the following years.

    The learning experiences are delivered over weekends using a day conference format at the Kingston Hill campus of Kingston University London.

    For a full list of modules, please click the here.

    After you graduate

    As a researching professional in this programme, you will develop professional links and connections between research and education-related settings. Through researching critical questions and looking for answers to fundamental educational and social issues, you will deepen and enhance your employability skills to advance your existing career or develop a new one in an area of growing importance in modern society.

    Visit the Doctor of Education (EdD) page on the Kingston University website for more details!


    Visit the Doctor of Education (EdD) page on the Kingston University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates are normally required to have a Master's degree in Education (180 M level credits), or a discipline relating to Education. Candidates with a Master's qualification but limited experience of research methods relevant to education might need to complete an appropriate bridging programme. Those who require an appropriate Master's qualification will be directed to the Master of Research (Education) – offered by Kingston University.

    Refer to our website for additional requirements including professional experience.


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