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Doctor of Education EdD

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Full time | University of Bolton | 48 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


48 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

EdD - Doctor of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Do you want to develop your knowledge and research skills in the field of education even further? The Doctor of Education (EdD) course offers you the benefits of a part-taught degree along with the opportunity to independently research a specific area of interest in depth.

Course Details

At the University of Bolton we have a ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ ethos. This means we aspire to offer postgraduate student-focused learning opportunities that inform best practice in education, underpinned by the research knowledge of our high quality staff.

The Doctor of Education course was the first of its kind to be introduced at the University and is extremely popular. The programme differs from the traditional PhD in that it is in two parts. Stage one, the taught element, covers the development and submission of your research proposal. Stage two is a programme of directed and independent study leading to the production and defence of your own critical commentary.

Our welcoming team of experienced, professionally and academically qualified staff will help you to understand how you can align your research topic of interest to other current research in applicable fields, and apply it to your own professional practice and context. The EdD is invaluable for demonstrating your ability to implement a project and also opens up opportunities for higher education lecturing and/or research posts.

Course Highlights:

  • The EdD is a high-level, nationally-recognised qualification that has strong higher education kudos and compares exactly to a PhD.
  • Professionals who hold a University of Bolton EdD take back to their organisation a greater knowledge and a higher understanding of today's diverse educational world, gained through a programme that is research driven.
  • We’ll work with you to help mould your EdD so that it complements your employment and interests within the research framework.
  • You’ll be strongly encouraged to bring your own education-related issues to the table as the basis of your research. The research (thesis) phase requires you to design, implement and disseminate an original research study.
  • This partly taught doctorate offers a more efficient format than the independent research project involved in a traditional PhD.

Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a doctoral degree that has a research focus in the field of education. It is designed to prepare you for academic, research, administrative, clinical, or professional positions in educational, civil, private organisations, or public institutions.

The EdD is aimed at experienced educational professionals wishing to further develop their research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills. Employers in education and elsewhere recognise doctoral qualifications as an indicator of high quality performance which may lead to promotion within your current role.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

This qualification could enhance your career opportunities and can support progression into senior education leadership and management. The EdD provides an opportunity to prepare for academic, administrative or specialised positions in education.

Possession of the EdD qualification will increase your prospects for promotion and leadership responsibilities, and could support your appointment to high-level professional positions in a range of locations in the broad education industry.


This is one of the two taught modules preceding the thesis. As explained in the handbook, the EdD is designed intentionally to facilitate efficient study by i/ accumulating credits before the thesis and ii/ completing modules that will inform the final thesis. When you choose your essay title, it will be enormously helpful for you to think ahead to your thesis. This module has the potential to inform the thesis literature review chapter so try not to think of this module as a ‘stand alone’ exercise. This module will enable those involved in a learning role in their professional environment to reflect on experiences of pedagogical engagement. This will be achieved by reflecting on practice, identifying emerging themes, areas for further enquiry and project development whilst recognising the influence of ideological contexts. Research-informed teaching will be developed through working within learning communities and sharing and disseminating knowledge.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Normally, you should have a master’s degree and at least three years’ experience working in education or training. Normally, you'll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work. Normally, you’ll need to provide satisfactory references prior to enrolment on the course.