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Education (EdD), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #8 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The EdD is a research degree for experienced professionals from education and related fields who would like to extend their professional understanding and develop skills in research, evaluation and high-level reflection on practice. The student cohort provides an important element of the programme.
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The Doctor in Education (EdD), UCL Institute of Education (IOE) aims to foster professional development through research as well as meeting the requirements of rigour and originality expected of a doctorate. It includes assessed taught courses, research-focused workshops and supervised original research. The student cohort provides an important element of the programme. From the start you will work with a specialist supervisor in one of the Institute's academic departments to begin to develop research in a field of your choice related to your professional interests. This programme has a UK focus.

The EdD is for experienced professionals from education and related fields who would like to extend their professional understanding and develop skills in research, evaluation and high-level reflection on practice


The normal pattern of study for the taught part of the programme involves attendance at three two-day (Friday and Saturday) blocks per term. IFS and thesis workshops are organised to support the research component. From the beginning of the programme, you are assigned a supervisor with whom you will meet once a term during the taught part of the programme and at least three times a term during the research component.

How are you assessed?

The taught element is assessed through a portfolio of three assignments of 5,000 words each and a reflective statement; the IFS is presented as a report of about 20,000 words. This is followed by your thesis of 45,000 words which you will normally present at the end of your fifth year of study. The viva voce held at the end of the programme examines both your thesis and your conceptual understanding of the integration of all the elements of your programme.

The IFS is unique to the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) EdD programme. It enables students to study an institution or organisation concerned with educational provision, organisation and support and with which students are professionally connected, under the supervision of an Institute of Education staff member.

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Although this masters is taught by the Institute of Education (IOE), the degree is awarded by the University of London and they administer the application process

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Part-time: 4/7 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Pprofessionalism in Education
  • Methods of Enquiry 1
  • Methods of Enquiry 2

and a Specialist Research Course (non-assessed), drawn from the Centre for Doctoral Education's Advanced Research Training Programme and the UCL Doctoral Training Programme.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Applicants should have acquired at least four years' full-time experience in a relevant professional area and should normally hold a postgraduate Master’s degree. 
  • Applicants should also provide a 2,000-word statement summarising the research they would like to conduct if admitted to the EdD programme, stating how they feel the programme would enhance their professional development.
  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Work Experience

At least 4 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8260 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3475 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3475 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Sponsorship from your employer

Many students receive financial support from their own employers. As you study by distance learning you can continue with your studies while you work, and do not need to take time away from the workplace. See the employers section on our website for guidance for employers.

Course information pages provide information on scholarships for particular courses.

Other sources of funding

The level of competition for sponsorship and educational awards is extremely high, so we recommend that you investigate funding early. Do not delay in making an application as in some instances an offer of a place can be advantageous in a funding application.

There are a variety of sources of funding available, dependent on your nationality, employment and other factors. We recommend that you look at the following, although this is not an exhaustive list:

UK students may be eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan

The Aga Khan Foundation [external link] which provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.

United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)

Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)

European Union

British Council

UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office


Educational and other charitable trusts

Distance and flexible learning

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