Doctorate in Education EdD

University of Stirling

Program Description

Doctorate in Education EdD

University of Stirling

Whatever your professional interest in education—from schools, colleges and universities to professional, work-based and lifelong learning, or policy development—a Professional Doctorate (EdD) may be the right choice for you.

A Professional Doctorate in Education is rewarding and challenging, and can even be a life-changing experience. At Stirling, you will join a multi-professional group of students and academics focussing on research that has a beneficial impact on professional practice and policy.

Top Reasons To Study With Us

  1. You will be contributing to the overall research capacity in Education, thereby making a difference to practice and/or policy.
  2. You will gain a Professional Doctorate from the Faculty of Social sciences which one of the best in the UK and was the first in Scotland to offer an EdD.
  3. You will be supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of research by expert researchers in Education and the Social Sciences.
  4. You will be introduced to leading edge empirical and theoretical research in a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional environment.
  5. You will have the benefits of a flexible programme that supports you through different stages of the research process.

Course objectives

The Doctor in Education (EdD) at the Faculty of Social Sciences is an ideal professional development opportunity for senior professionals seeking to enhance and utilise their research expertise. Professionals taking our EdD come from a wide variety of fields and countries but all share a concern with education and professional learning in organisational settings such as schools and further / higher education, in social or health-related organisations, or in private and government bodies. The EdD will enable you to develop research on your own chosen topics in ways that are deeply connected to important professional interests, practices, policies and impacts.

Like the PhD, the EdD meets the requirements for the production of a significant, original and rigorous contribution to the field. Distinctively, the EdD programme commences with taught modules before the supervised research phases commence. The taught modules look at theories and paradigms of research and orientations to methodology and inquiry. The EdD leads into the production of a 45,000 word thesis under expert supervision by Education staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

What makes us different?

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

To be considered for admission to the degree, a candidate will normally have a good honours degree in Education or cognate subject from a Higher Education institution in the United Kingdom, or a degree of equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom. Exceptionally, a candidate with learning gained through extensive relevant professional experience may be considered for admission. Candidates are expected to have good numeracy skills and a willingness to engage in depth and breadth with statistical analysis.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Delivery and assessment

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an innovative inter-disciplinary programme, offered on a flexible full and part-time basis by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Modules are taught on a face-to-face and blended basis.

Summative assessment for modules will be based on coursework and will be assessed through assignments approximately 3000 words in. length.

The programme comprises seven core taught modules, followed by the conduct of an empirical study focussed on an aspect of professional practice and the production of a doctoral thesis of 45,000 words.

Career opportunities

Previous students of the EdD have included: school teachers and Further Education staff, senior leaders in Education and Further Education, TESOL professionals, and professional educators in areas such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, accountancy, surveying and life sciences. These students have drawn extensively on their newly developed research capacity and original studies to impact on their personal, organizational, and wider professional spheres of practice and policy.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees


  • Overseas £2,195 per 20 credit module, £6,580 per 60 credit module. £16,800 for thesis (360 credits)
  • Home/EU £795 per 20 credit module, £2,385 per 60 credit module. £6,095 for thesis (360 credits)

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.

Last updated January 16, 2017
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