Doctor of Education (EdD)

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Description

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Aimed primarily at experienced professionals working in education, health and related fields, the EdD provides an opportunity to pursue doctoral study in the context of your professional role.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professionally focused, cohort-based doctorate. It combines taught courses with independent research.

The course aims to promote critical self-reflection through a sequence of structured learning experiences, culminating in a thesis that is an original and substantial piece of professionally-oriented education research. Your work will enable you to develop and use advanced research skills and so become an independent, reflective and competent researcher.

The EdD is open to professionals who are currently practising in education, healthcare or a related setting, and who normally have a minimum of four years’ experience and a master's qualification. The programme of study is structured specifically to meet the needs of people who are in full-time employment.

The course is highly collegial. Sessions draw upon the rich and varied experiences that EdD students bring with them, and the exploration of commonalities across disciplines is integral to the programme of study. You are actively encouraged critically to explore your own practice and to be engaged as fully as possible in the learning process.

Teaching learning and assessment

The taught element of the programme will be delivered both virtually and face to face. It is anticipated that teaching will normally be held on Saturdays with a minimum of six a year, including an Autumn residential, Friday evening and Saturday, at the start of the course.

Entry requirements

You should normally have at least four years’ experience in a relevant professional area, and should hold a postgraduate master's degree from a recognised university. We will be looking for a good grade (usually merit or distinction) in your master's, and you will need to provide an extract from your dissertation or from an equally substantial piece of academic writing.

A portfolio route is open to those with extensive professional experience who do not currently hold a master's degree.

We also ask you to provide a statement in support of your application, not exceeding 1,000 words, which should indicate:

  • Possible areas of research for your thesis (we recognise this may change during the course of your doctoral studies)
  • Why you want to join the EdD programme
  • How you feel that it will enhance your professional development.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
4 - 7 years
Part time
2,740 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Oxford, England
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Duration 4 - 7 years
Price 2,740 GBP
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