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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.

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.


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

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Start dates

September and January

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



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.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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Course structure

Modules Credits

Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research 20
Exploring Mixed Methods in Social Research 40
Theory and Ethics in Educational Practice 60
Professional Reflection in Action 60
Pilot Study 60
Preparation for Progression 0
Thesis 300

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.


UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK student starting your professional doctorate in 2021/22, the fees are £2,250 per year (part-time) and £4,500 per year (full-time). The doctorate is expected to be completed in 3 years full-time or 5-7 years part-time therefore the total costs are indicative.

Full-time £4,500 p/a
Total Cost: £13,500 (3 years)

Part-time £2,250 p/a
Total Cost: £13,500 (6 years)

International Students*

Full-time £13,800 p/a
Total Cost: £41,400 (3 years)

*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.

Key course details

3 years full-time; 5-7 years part-time
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester