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Key information

Qualification type

EdD - Doctor of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies Teaching / Training (General)

Course type


Course Summary


The Doctor of Education (EdD) has been specifically designed to meet the needs of educational professionals in teaching, management or administration in a range of sectors. Students recruited to the programme come from occupations such as teaching, advisory roles, police work, social work and in the health sector, and often but not always hold senior positions. Common to them all is a desire to pursue an area of research related to and drawing on their professional work, and with the aim of creating new knowledge, applications and understanding that will bring both personal benefits and for the wider professional community.

There is a strong emphasis on individualised learning and personal critical reflection related to professional identities, values and contexts. The programme provides a structured environment in which students engage at an advanced level with a range of academic and professional issues relevant to their own practice. The learning and teaching strategy seeks to develop the three key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical and self-reflexive analysis integrating academic and professional considerations.

The programme is divided into two parts. In the first of these, students undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each). This is followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits), which forms a good foundation for the supervised thesis in part 2, on a research question broadly related to professional practice.


Students on the Professional Doctorate are usually experienced professionals. Our students come from a range of professions engaging with childhood, education and social care. Past students have included senior teachers, headteachers and senior leaders in schools, school inspectors, civil servants and independent consultants, Higher Education lecturers and support staff, social workers, chaplains and special educational needs co-ordinators.

The Professional Doctorate focuses on enabling our graduates to become researching professionals. For some, this means a move into Higher Education, but for many others, it is about taking a critical, evidence-informed perspective at a senior level within their professional setting.

The design of the course, with its weekend delivery and focus on researching practice, is designed to accommodate students with busy professional careers.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date



Yourself as Researcher - Professional Identity and Values
Research Skills and Methods
Engaging with Research - Knowledge, Truth and Values in Research
Research Proposal
Yourself as Researcher - Practitioner Research in Context
Research Skills and Methods (continued)
Research Proposal (continued)
Engaging with Research - Research, Policy and Practice
Dissertation phase
Dissertation phase

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants normally are expected to hold a Masters degree in Education or a related academic subject at Merit or Distinction level and will be required to have at least three years experience in a professional area. If they do not possess a Masters degree, they may still be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate programme only, provided that they hold a good Honours degree (normally a First) in a relevant discipline and can demonstrate evidence of professional leadership in an education or related area. They may also be asked to submit a piece of writing demonstrating a critical understanding of contemporary issues in their field, and an ability to undertake research at doctoral level.

University information

Liverpool Hope University is set across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment of over £76 million. Each year over 1,000 postgraduate students choose to study a range of postgraduate taught, research and PGCE...more