Doctor of Education (EdD)

Qualifications and durations

  • Part-time EdD (3-8 years)


The Doctor of Education degree is aimed at experienced educational professionals and sets out to place you at the leading edge of your professional field in terms of knowledge, awareness and understanding.

The professional doctorate is for those who are eager to make substantial and original contributions to the development of educational knowledge in a broad range of settings.

The degree meets the need for the highest levels of professional development and training of both educators and those concerned with educational policy and administration. The prime focus is on the interplay between the multi-dimensional practices of education and scholarship.

The degree is designed to engage current practitioners with knowledge, awareness and understanding of the philosophical, organisational, political, social, managerial, interpersonal, and technical dimensions of schools and other educational institutions.

Exploration of the nexus between theory and practice begins with a series of taught units that will develop you capability to perceive critical issues facing educators and policymakers today through the lens of contemporary and historical research and philosophy. This broad foundation will enable you to hone your specific interests towards the conduct of supervised research that will make an original contribution to your field.

Course features

  • a high-level academic study of a range of educational and professional issues
  • four tutored units and a supervised research component
  • will enable you to make a contribution to knowledge through unit assignments, and through your thesis
  • focus on the interplay and relationship between professional practice and scholarship.

Course structure

  Taught stage
Phase 1 Core or optional unit
Must be taken at an Intensive Teaching Week.
Core or optional unit
Core or optional unit Core or optional unit
  Thesis stage
Phase 2 Thesis

Taught stage

You are required to complete four taught units (two compulsory and two optional), before moving onto the Research Enquiry (thesis) stage. You must obtain at least two Merit grades or higher from these units to progress.

Some, but not all, units are offered on a directed learning basis. While most of our students complete all units on campus at the University of Bath during the Winter School or Summer School weeks, it is possible to complete either one or two units off-campus.


You must complete this stage of the programme within five years, if studying part-time.

Core units Optional units
  • Educational Research: philosophy and practice
  • Educational Policy: theory and practice
  • Educational management, leadership and administration
  • International education: philosophy and practice
  • Language, culture and education
  • Learning pedagogy and diversity
  • Pilot Research Enquiry*
  • Reading paper *

* If your background and experience is appropriate, your fourth unit can be a reading paper or a pilot research enquiry. In this unit you would work under the supervision of an individual tutor, on a previously agreed education-related topic

Thesis stage

You will also complete Research enquiry: thesis for professional doctorate a 45,000-word Thesis - a tutor-supported piece of research which draws on your modular study and existing work/interests.

Learning and teaching

Units can be undertaken through our Intensive Teaching Weeks, or (in the case of some units) via directed learning. Each unit is led by a specialist tutor and comprises:

  • Tutored time - approximately 40 hours involving you in lectures, group work and individual or paired tasks.
  • Independent study - 160 hours in which you will research issues raised in tutored time and plan, research and write the Unit Assignment. You are assigned an individual tutor to support you in the process of writing your assignment.

In the Thesis phase, a supervisor and co-supervisor will be responsible for giving you advice and support, and monitoring your progress.

Intensive Teaching Weeks

Your first unit must be taken at our Intensive Teaching Weeks.

Our Intensive Teaching Weeks are on-campus events at that occur at specific times of the year in the form of Summer and Winter Schools.

The Summer School normally runs for three weeks from late June or the beginning of July. A different unit is offered each week. One or two units are also usually offered in January (applications for both -summer and winter school- must be made via Summer School process).

Directed learning

Studying by directed learning (online) may be possible for Educational Policy: Theory and Practice unit. The unit is typically offered via directed learning in either the spring or autumn semester .The Pilot Research Enquiry and Reading Paper are also studied online, and can be started at any time of the year.

Methods of assessment

Units will normally be assessed through one assignment of 8,000 words.

Your Thesis will be assessed through a viva voce examination at the University by a member of staff (not your supervisor) and by an external examiner specifically appointed to examine your thesis. The Thesis must provide evidence of originality of mind and critical judgement about your chosen aspect of education, and must contain material which is worthy of publication.

Skills training

We expect our doctoral students to undertake 5 days skills training per-year, if studying part-time.

There are a range of workshops and courses available from our DoctoralSkills catalogue which can help you develop skills, and are mapped against the UK national Researcher Development Framework. Other opportunities for skills training may come from employment-related training or external conference or workshop attendance.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.
  • Advanced qualification (MEd, MA or MPhil) in education or a related field. The successful completion (normally obtaining a performance of 60% or above in each unit) of two Master level education-focused units at the University of Bath (one of which should be the Research Methods in Education unit) will also be considered.

Professional requirements

  • Appropriate professional experience in the practice of education or a related field.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.

  • IELTS 7 (with no less than 6.5 in each component)
  • PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component


  • Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference.

How to apply

To apply for this course please complete the online application form (there is no need to provide a comprehensive research proposal at the application stage, however, please outline your research interests in section seven of the application form).

The deadline for applications is:

  • 11 May 2022 for a start in June 2022
  • 07 September 2022 for a start in October 2022

Financial information


Fees must be paid in in advance of tuition. Payment is made up of Unit Fees and a separate fee for the Thesis. Fees may be paid on a per-unit basis and in instalments for the Thesis.

  • Cost of attending the Intensive Teaching Week (Winter or Summer School), meeting your supervisor during the course and attending the final Viva Voce, including travel, breakfast and evening meals and accommodation
  • IT equipment and miscellaneous costs to enable participation on the course from a distance
  • Cost of Printing final Soft-, and then Hard-Bound theses

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