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.
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
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Taught elementStudents work with tutors and EdD students in developing professional understanding and insight and research skills.
The taught element consists of three assessed taught courses:
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.
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.
The thesis, about 45,000 words in length, will make a distinct contribution to the knowledge in the field of study and afford evidence of originality and a capacity for autonomous research. The thesis usually relates to the IFS and the work carried out in the taught part of the programme. We provide support through meetings with your specialist supervisor and regular thesis workshops.
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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. We require details of the grades obtained during the Master’s degree and a copy of, or a substantial extract from, the Master’s dissertation.
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.
English Language Requirements
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
At least 4 year(s) of work experience are required.
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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)
UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Educational and other charitable trusts
Distance and flexible learning
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