Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Doctor of Education provides a structured route for doctoral study based on professional work and interests. There are two designated pathways: Leading Educational Practice in Professional Settings and Creative and Cultural Education.

Doctor of Education (EdD) at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree in Education or a related discipline and professional experience in the area of study.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL - formerly known as AP(E)L)

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study and/or experiential learning may apply for RPL. Please note that any credits or marks gained from previous study shall not be counted in your final result as your award is calculated solely on the credits and marks accumulated while registered at the University of Winchester.

An application for RPL to exempt the postgraduate research student from part of the research skills programme, or from a module of the pre-thesis stage of a professional doctorate programme should normally be submitted at the application stage.  Please note it can not be used in relation to the thesis for Professional Doctorate, MPhil or PhD qualifications. Please refer to the RPL Policy for further details or email

Degree duration

Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: 7 years

Start dates: September and January

Distance learning available: Research methods modules are available online, and the pilot study and thesis may be completed using online contact for supervisions.

Application process: In the first instance, please contact the Programme Leader for more information. Applicants may then submit an application online at UKPASS.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017, January 2018, July 2018 Entry Full-time

  • Year 1 | £3,996
  • Year 2 | £3,996
  • Year 3 | £3,996

Total cost | £11,988

September 2017, January 2018, July 2018 Entry Part-time


  • Year 1 | £1,998
  • Year 2 | £1,998


  • Year 3 | £1,998
  • Year 4 | £1,998
  • Year 5 | £1,998
  • Year 6 | £1,998

Total cost | £11,988

International Students

September 2017, January 2018, July 2018 Entry Full-time

  • Year 1 | £11,000
  • Year 2 | £11,000
  • Year 3 | £11,000

Total cost | £33,000

For more information about tuition fees, visit our Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

There are two pathways leading to the thesis stage of the Doctor of Education programme.

Leading Educational Practice in Professional Settings is the pathway for practitioners in educational fields who have responsibility for supporting the work of colleagues (for example, as subject coordinator in a primary school; as head of department in a secondary school; or as training manager in other professions or in business). It offers students the opportunity to explore in depth aspects of practice in their areas of expertise, the management of change in practice, or managing the learning and development of colleagues.

Creative and Cultural Education is the pathway for those engaged in education related to cultural issues (such as religious education, personal and social education or community development) or creative aspects (for example, teachers engaged in music, art or drama education; museum educators; or other educators working in non-school settings). It enables students to focus on an aspect of practice or learning in the creative mode, with other practitioners or with students of any age.

  • Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research
  • Exploring Mixed Methods Research
  • Theory & Ethics in Educational Practice
  • Professional Reflection in Action
  • Pilot Study
  • Preparation for Progress 
  • Thesis

Students explore a self-chosen topic and write a thesis, normally focused on an aspect of practice and involving empirical as well as theoretical approaches. Students are supported by a supervisory team who oversee and encourage their development of the doctoral thesis. The thesis is examined by viva voce with an internal and an external examiner.

The majority of group sessions in the early stages of the programme are held on Saturdays and in evenings. Workshops and seminars are designed to develop core research skills. Students are part of ongoing online and face-to face discussions with tutors and other doctoral students.

Students engage with a range of activities, focusing on their particular area of interest, but addressing generic skills for research and knowledge exchange. Students work independently with tutorial support towards their eventual thesis, for example by carrying out a pilot study or by developing more advanced skills in data collection and analysis.

Programme Leader

All work in the pre-thesis modules is assessed. Level 7 work is given a grade, while Level 8 work is pass/fail. All assignments are given detailed feedback. In some modules, there is an element of triadic assessment, involving students in assessing and feeding back to each other as well as self-assessment and tutor-assessment.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Employers in education and elsewhere recognise doctoral qualifications as an indicator of high quality performance and it may lead to opportunities for promotion.

Programme Leader: Dr Alasdair Richardson
Telephone: 01962 827199

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

The following policy documents provide additional information in regards to the application process for this course: 

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