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Professional Doctorate in Education EdD

Professional Doctorate in Education EdD

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Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

EdD - Doctor of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Turn your career into a qualification; if you are a middle or senior manager our Professional Doctorate in Education offers a flexible alternative to a PhD. The course is designed so you can study part-time for a doctorate qualification while you work.

During the course you will analyse challenges in a key aspect of educational research and practice, research leading theories and evidence and apply your findings to move your professional area forward.

When you study for a Professional Doctorate at UWL you will join the international research and learning community of our collaborative research groups and Research Centres. We offer an integrated professional doctorate scheme which allows you to engage with professionals from different sectors and reflect on what is shared across professional boundaries and what is distinctive to your own occupational setting.

Course detail

During this course you will undertake analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application autonomously and with critical awareness.

You will examine your chosen area from three perspectives:

  • your professional experience and learning
  • the organisational, cultural, social contexts of education
  • the leadership role in supporting communities in education

The course will guide you to explore and understand leading research and how it applies to the discipline. You will then undertake your own research to create new ideas and generate improvements.

Each taught module is delivered over the course of a single weekend. Teaching is carried out through lectures and smaller seminars and workshops where the emphasis is on discussion. Tutorials are face-to-face and online and your supervisor and tutors will support your independent study and writing of your thesis.

We provide a supportive research environment and you will be part of the UWL Graduate School which supports all research students and coordinates research activity across the university. In addition you will have full access to UWL student support, including life-long careers advice.

Study & career progression

Studying for a doctorate will help you to develop research skills and evidence-based practice within your professional area.

A doctorate qualification can help you to develop your role in your current career, secure a promotion or facilitate a career change.

Completion of a professional doctorate will also allow you to progress into a postdoctoral research role.


In this module you will look at the current theoretical knowledge about the social context of education and how to apply this to research and inquiry in your professional area.
Professionalism in Social Context - Core
Evaluating Data in the Professions - Core
Methods of Professional Inquiry - Core
Connecting Research and Practice - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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Entry requirements

You will normally need: a good first degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent in a relevant field; a Master’s Degree with Merit or Distinction or equivalent professional experience.

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more

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