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Degree awarded
72 months.
Entry requirements

In most instances, candidates should have a Masters degree, completed at a level which indicates potential for research, or evidence of research training and/or experience of research. It is also likely that applicants will have considerable experience in their field. Those without such qualifications are nonetheless encouraged to discuss making an application for the programme.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

The programme is aimed primarily at home students already engaged in education, training or professional development in the UK. This does not preclude non-British nationals applying for the programme but it is expected that participants will be employed in the UK and are able to pursue a part-time student registration. The focus throughout the programme is on research methodology as it applies to research that participants will conduct on their own practice or on an aspect of their professional culture.

The first two years of the course are structured around three areas: 'Reading Research', 'Planning Research', and 'Research Methods in Action'.  Participants are required to submit three research papers on these areas (each of approximately 10,000 words) in the first two years at a standard suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal.  This coursework will inform your thinking and writing for your research thesis of 40,000 to 50,000 words in years three to six of the programme.  In addition to support from the core EdD team, you will be assigned a specialist supervisory team who will assist in the development of your work.  All research papers have to be completed successfully before progression to the thesis element of the programme.

EdD participants meet for seven study weekends per year (Friday/Saturday) for the first two years of the programme. Study is also supported by individual tutorial and comprehensive written materials which include course notes, guided readings, reference lists and short tasks to complete. Once in the thesis stage of the programme, attendance for individual supervision is required as agreed with the supervisor.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • EdD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Laura Dobson, Postgraduate Research Recruitment and Admissions Officer
+44 (0)161 275 0807
+44 (0)161 275 0421

Academic department overview

See: The School.

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