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EdD Education

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

EdD Education / Programme details

Year of entry: 2019

Programme description

EdD Education is aimed primarily at education professionals already engaged in teaching, training or professional development in the UK.

It prepares you to conduct high-quality research on aspects of your own professional role or professional culture. Current students include:

  • early years, primary and secondary teachers;
  • further education teachers;
  • headteachers;
  • support staff such as special needs support assistants;
  • managers of institutions;
  • higher education staff;
  • trainers in a range of professional organisations;
  • health professional educators;
  • adult educators;
  • local authority inspectors and advisors.

By undertaking EdD Education at the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) you will be joining an internationally renowned research community. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars led by academics who are leaders in their field. Specialisms include:

  • educational policy and leadership;
  • higher education policy and practice;
  • school improvement;
  • 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 is 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. Through the contribution to knowledge from your studies you may also want to achieve publications in professional and/or academic journals, progress to jobs within higher education, or gain promotion due to your doctoral work.


The main aim of the programme is to develop high standards of research that will be relevant to a range of professional careers. 

It will enable you to explore in depth a particular field of study and its implications for your own professional practice. 

This exploration is enhanced by being undertaken in the company of a group of other professionals who embark on and move through the programme with you, thereby creating an invaluable peer support network that often lasts well beyond the end of the programme. In summary, you will:

  • gain an understanding of the issues in professional practice;
  • develop a critical awareness of the inter-relationship between policies and practice;
  • develop high-level skills of enquiry which will be applied to individual research studies of relevance to your professional work.

You will strengthen your skills in:

  • designing rigorous research projects;
  • handling and evaluating evidence;
  • developing and deploying robust conceptual frameworks;
  • constructing and analysing arguments;
  • contrasting viewpoints;
  • making links between theory, policy and practice.

Special features

Gain a doctorate in education with this part-time degree for education professionals already engaged in teaching, training or professional development in the UK.

Education has been a discipline of study at Manchester since 1890 and the Manchester Institute of Education is home to one of largest educational research communities in the UK.

Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as `world-leading' or `internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between the disciplines of Architecture, Education, Geography, International Development and Planning and Environmental Management.

What unites us is a shared commitment to highlight and address the uneven relationships between societies, economies and the environment. We want to understand better the world in which we live, and to offer solutions to the problems within it.

We acknowledge that a complex and interconnected world presents many challenges for analysts, but researchers in SEED are pioneering new evidence, measures, concepts and theories in order to address these challenges in practice. SEED's world-leading research is rooted in everyday life but international in relevance and scope, addressing social, economic and environmental concerns across the globe.

Our PhD and professional doctorate research community, grouped around a range of dynamic centres and themes, is central to the SEED research agenda across all of our disciplines. In order to further this agenda, we need fresh input and clear thinking from a fully engaged, curious, critical, socially aware PGR community.

We're not here simply to 'supervise' - we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.

Teaching and learning

For the first two years of the programme, the EdD group meets seven weekends (Friday/Saturday) per year; these meetings include taught sessions, seminars, presentations from guest speakers and workshops.

As the programme proceeds, you will be expected to present and discuss your own work. 

The taught sessions focus on the development of research methodologies and substantive issues that reflect the specialisms of the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) as well as the research interests of the EdD cohort.

When you become a postgraduate researcher in the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), you'll join a postgraduate community of more than 1,000 doctoral students from more than 100 different countries, all studying within the Faculty of Humanities.

You'll be assigned to a specific research grouping that complements your research interests and have access to a variety of interdisciplinary research institutes.

Our working environments are often spacious and open-plan, giving you plenty of opportunities to communicate with colleagues and staff within the School, and you will have your own desk space as well as access to our fantastic range of libraries on campus.

All of our academic supervisors are research active and will support you to work on challenging research problems and develop rigorous, creative and original research.

You can expect to meet with your supervisor at least once a month to discuss progress on your project.

As a postgraduate researcher, you'll have access to a large and diverse community of internationally recognised academic experts offering an environment that will stimulate intellectual debate and development.

We provide additional financial support for a number of activities related to your PhD, including:

  • presenting at international conferences;
  • attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities;
  • conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

Coursework and assessment

The first two years of the programme are structured around reading research, planning research, and research methods in action.

You are required to submit three research papers on these areas (each of approximately 10,000 words). This work will inform your thinking and writing for your research thesis of 40,000 to 50,000 words that will make up the other three to four years of study. 

In addition to support from the EdD team, you will be assigned additional supervisors 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.

Scholarships and bursaries

We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities 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 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, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, are eligible.


MIE is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building, which is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

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