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EdD Education

Gain a doctorate in education with this part-time programme for experienced education professionals.

EdD Education / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Doctor of Education (EdD)
6 years
Entry requirements
  • Bachelor's degree (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent)
  • Master's degree in education or a related social science field (with distinction - or in exceptional cases, merit - awarded for the dissertation)

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme description

The EdD Education is aimed primarily at education professionals already engaged in - or with recent experience of - teaching, training, research, certain administrative roles, or professional development in the UK. Since it involves compulsory campus-based taught sessions on six weekends each year for the first two years of the programme, all students must be resident in the UK or able to travel regularly to the UK in order to attend all of these compulsory taught sessions, and to meet with their supervisors, and to participate frequently in other activities expected of doctoral students. Remote or distance participation in the programme is not permitted .

The Manchester EdD programme is taught by a core team of the Manchester Institute of Education's most senior academics, who are all internationally renowned researchers who are leading lights in their respective fields. These world-leading academics are highly experienced, have written numerous books and academic papers, and are frequently invited to present keynote talks in the UK and overseas, and to advise overseas organisations.

Offering ready access to these distinguished academics as your teachers and/or supervisors, the EdD programme prepares you to conduct high-quality, doctoral-standard research on aspects of or issues relating to your own professional role or professional culture. Current EdD students include:

  • early years, primary and secondary teachers;
  • further education lecturers;
  • university lecturers;
  • academic developers in universities;
  • headteachers and school/academy principals;
  • departmental heads;
  • support staff, including special needs support assistants;
  • private educational consultants;
  • trainers in a range of professional organisations;
  • educators of health professionals;
  • adult educators;
  • local authority inspectors and advisors.

By undertaking the EdD Education at the MIE you will be joining an internationally renowned research community. You will have the opportunity to participate fully in all events that reflect our vibrant research culture. The MIE's research specialisms include:

  • educational policy and leadership;
  • working life in education contexts;
  • higher education policy and practice;
  • curriculum specialisms, such as mathematics education and TESOL;
  • international higher education;
  • the history and evolution of universities;
  • civic sociology;
  • urban education and disadvantage;
  • pedagogy and assessment;
  • educational equity;
  • inclusive education.

As an EdD graduate, you will have achieved a prestigious academic credential from a world-leading university. 

During the programme, you will have developed research skills and knowledge that are transferable both to additional research opportunities and to your professional practice. 

The EdD therefore provides a good grounding if you wish to become a researching professional. You may also want to publish your research findings  in professional and/or academic journals, or progress to jobs within HE. The Manchester EdD Education offers you the choice of presenting a thesis in traditional monograph form, or in the form of papers written for publication - the latter will give you a head start in pursuing an academic career, if that interests you.

Open days

The university holds regular open days for those interested in postgraduate study. These include campus tours, and will offer you the opportunity to find out more about our facilities and our range of postgraduate programmes.

The open day will allow you to find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) and its resources. You will meet some of the academic staff, and our admissions staff will answer any questions you have.

For more information, see  Open days


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • EdD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,163
    International students (per annum): £9,250

Your fees will cover the cost of your study at the university, as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation (excluding graduation robe hire).

Payment of tuition fees will also entitle you to membership of The University of Manchester library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union.

Additional expenses

Teaching takes place at weekends, and students are required to organise and cover the costs of meals (including lunch), travel or overnight accommodation where required.


A range of awards are on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend, but the application process for them is competitive.

Application deadlines for internal funding are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September. If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the university before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our database search tool

The UK government has confirmed that doctoral loans will be available for those studying for PhDs and equivalent doctoral programmes, including professional doctorates, from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, and not already receiving funding via a UK research council, are eligible to apply.

Contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Christopher Kitchen
+44(0)161 275 0807
See: The School .

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