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Doctor of Education (EdD)

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Part time


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

EdD - Doctor of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies Flexible Learning Design

Course type


Course Summary

The EdD is for professionals working in schools, universities, educational businesses, agencies, or voluntary bodies who would like to research into any aspect of pedagogy, teaching or learning.

Course overview

Education, pedagogy, teaching, and learning continue to be at the forefront of cultural debates since they help us understand our identities and values as a society. Our EdD is designed to support graduate professionals working across the education sector to conduct original doctoral research in this continually changing field.

Why study this course with us?

You will study under the guidance of our team of active researchers who have international reputations in their field and who will support you throughout the course.

You will undertake taught modules that are delivered over six weekends each year to fit in with the busy schedules of working professionals. Evening seminars, workshops and conferences are held regularly to supplement the course; some weekend sessions are taught in situ, such as the creative education workshops in the galleries at Tate Liverpool.


The assessment of taught modules comprises written and practical assignments based on small-scale research projects. The final assessment is based on your doctoral thesis and viva. Creative practices may form part of your thesis.

Contact hours are 20 per taught module. You will also be expected to undertake 400 hours’ private study per taught module, and 3,000 hours for the thesis.

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This module provides an opportunity for students to undertake an extended empirical and/or theoretical research project focussing on their professional experience and practice. During this period students will normally complete a literature review; gather data to address their research questions; express these data succinctly; analyze the data; draw conclusions in relation to their research questions and reflect on their research and its significance making recommendations for future practice and research. Students may also carry out research through practice and submit a body of practice-based work, equivalent to up to 50% of the word count of the thesis.

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Entry requirements

Normally students will have completed a Master’s degree before enrolling on the Education Doctorate, and will be (or have been) working in an educational context.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more