Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a forward-thinking, rigorous postgraduate research training programme for professional educators engaged in contexts from across the education and social welfare sectors – including school teachers, college lecturers, medical educators, social workers, and Higher Education staff.

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Course overview

The EdD aims to equip students with a range of core and generic skills in research that have practical application in their place of work. The aim of the EdD at the university has always been to produce a ‘researching professional’ able to make a real contribution to innovative professional practice in their professional context.

Graduates of the EdD programme are able to work individually and collaboratively to refine research questions, design research projects, carry out data collection and analysis and present outcomes of the research through written reports and presentations. They have a sound and extending grasp of key educational theories, which inform their work and their study. They act as change agents in their educational settings, developing innovative curricular approaches, and supporting the development of colleagues in their specialist areas of work. Graduates from these programmes are rigorous academics, questioning and challenging practice and developing new thoughts and ideas to create real change in their spheres of education and practice.

What you need to know

Course start date



King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Course length

3 years full-time; 5-7 years part-time


Typical offer


Course features

Course details

Start dates


Teaching takes place

Group sessions are held at various times throughout the course. Typically teaching takes place on Saturdays in the early stages of the programme, or in the evenings in later modules.

Distance learning

The programme content is delivered through a variety of face-to-face and distance methods. Some modules require attendance at out-of-hours lectures and seminars, usually on Saturdays or Thursday evenings. Other modules are delivered through individually arranged tutorials or supervision meetings. We are aware that almost all of our students work full or part time so the programme is designed to fit flexibly around employment patterns.

Degree duration

3 years full-time, 5-7 years part-time

Course enquiries and applications

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Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures. 


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions


Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree in Education or a related discipline and relevant professional experience. Exceptionally, students might be admitted without the normal entry requirements, once they have demonstrated their ability at Level 7. Please consult the Postgraduate Research Programmes Admissions Policy and the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.


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If English is not your first language you will need: an Academic IELTS of an average of 6.5 (including 6.5 for academic writing) is required or equivalent, however each application will be judged individually.

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Additional costs


UK/ Channel Islands/ Isle of Man/ Republic of Ireland

Full time  £5,260


Full time  £16,700

If you are a UK student starting your degree in January / September 2024, the first year will cost you £5,260**.

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**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.