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Professional Doctorate in Education EdD

Professional Doctorate in Education EdD

Key information

Qualification type

EdD - Doctor of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

In this course we introduce you to issues related to you as an education professional embarking on research, and to issues shaping the context in which you will conduct that research. The learning style is informal and collegiate, with a strong emphasis in the first two years on enabling you to develop your writing, critically engage with key ideas, and develop a research project. The collegiality continues into Stage 2 as you write your doctoral thesis, with extended opportunities to share ideas and issues with fellow students and supervisors.

We recognise the pressures that professionals are under and how these vary over the course of a year, so delivery in Stage 1 is designed to concentrate the writing of assignments outside the busiest times of the academic year. The four compulsory taught modules are delivered two per year in the first two years over a four-day teaching block, one in February and one in May each year, coinciding with local school half-terms. Outside these blocks there are half days and on-line contacts that enable students to keep in touch and get regular feedback on their draft work.

This doctoral qualification allows you to research particular aspects of your professional practice and to develop the research knowledge and skills that will enable to assume a leadership role in relation to research in your professional context. We encourage you to draw on a range of theories to explore topics and complete research that will influence professional practice, and conceptions of practice, within your immediate context and beyond.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date



Identifying and articulating issues in professional practice
Contextualising issues in professional practice
Researching issues in professional practice
Influencing and impacting on issues in professional practice

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

Students need ot have an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and at least two years of relevant professional experience.

University information

York St John University has been changing the lives of its students since 1841, when it was established as York Teacher Training School, making it one of the UK’s oldest institutions. It has an award-winning, eleven-acre campus situated in the centre of York, boasting state-of-the-art facilities following an investment of more than £46 million since 2011. Here are just some of the reasons to start your Postgraduate study at York St John...more