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Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)

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Study mode

Part time


6 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

EdD - Doctor of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Aimed at experienced professionals in all areas of education, with opportunities to learn from innovative local research projects.

This six-year part-time Professional Doctorate in Education combines a three-year taught programme with a three-year piece of independent research and a thesis of 50,000 words. You'll have the opportunity to conduct an original piece of empirical research based on your own practice in an educational field of your choice, which will make a new contribution to knowledge.

The course will offer you the opportunity to engage with the latest research in professionalism, early childhood studies, social justice and inequalities in education, education policy, leadership in education, pedagogies, and education philosophy. All of this will be underpinned by a rigorous study of research methods and theories in education.

This course is aimed at professionals working in education or education-related fields. You'll be encouraged to think, write, and research critically, innovatively, and rigorously. You'll learn how to analyse, critique and innovate in education practice, policy and research. You'll be encouraged to challenge established ideas and concepts and develop your professional and academic skills to the highest level.

Course overview

The EdD is a part-time course in two parts. The first, taught element, will take three years to complete, the second, independent research element will take two to three years.

The taught element contains six modules. Two modules will run per academic year, one per semester. This will also involve planning a piece of original research. You must pass the taught element of the course to move on to thesis stage.


Educational Research Proposal (30 Credits) - Core
Understanding Educational Research (30 Credits) - Core
Advanced Educational Research Methods (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation - Core
Leadership And Pedagogy (30 Credits) - Core
Policy And Professionalism In Education (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£2,205. This course is offered on a part-time basis, and you can study for up to six years. You'll pay a fee for each year of study, and fees are revised on an annual basis. The mentioned fee is for 20/21. There may be slight difference in 21/22.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

We would normally expect applicants for this programme to hold a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university, as well as an MA, MEd, or MPhil in a relevant field. Where professional experience is extensive and has involved research practice, this requirement may be waived.

University information

Bath Spa University is a great choice for those seeking to combine high quality tuition with a unique lived experience. The university has a 150 year heritage of delivering outstanding higher education, and is based in the magnificent World Heritage city of Bath, where students experience ancient Roman heritage alongside Georgian elegance and contemporary city living. The university’s specialist facilities include brand new buildings,...more