Education (EdD), Doctorate

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The Doctor of Education (EdD) from Oxford Brookes University is a professionally-focused, cohort-based doctorate, aimed primarily at experienced professionals working in education, health and related fields. You should normally have at least four years’ experience in a relevant professional area, and should hold a good postgraduate master’s degree from a recognised university.


This Doctor of Education (EdD) from Oxford Brookes University is an opportunity to pursue doctoral study in the context of your professional role, combining taught courses with independent research. Your work will enable you to develop and use advanced research skills and so become an independent, reflective and competent researcher.

Our programme of study is structured specifically to meet the needs of people who are in full-time employment. Taught elements 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 days a year, including an Autumn residential, Friday evening and Saturday, at the start of the course. This course is part time and takes between 4 – 7 years to complete.

Why choose this course?
  • The EdD course provides students from a wide range of educational backgrounds with opportunities to explore their research interests in the context of their own professional roles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You will be joining a university which is widely regarded as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning, locally and nationally. The School of Education is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes.
  • You will be working with highly regarded academics who are at the forefront of their subjects. Drawing on our cutting-edge, research-led teaching, our courses will advance your knowledge and develop your professional skills in a rich and diverse intellectual and social environment.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Average duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part time: 4-7 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Module Guide

During the first part of the EdD programme, before embarking on your thesis, you will be involved in the taught modules described below. The modules vary in length and are assessed in a variety of ways in some combination of the following: – written assignment, presentation and contribution to online discussion.

Year 1

Research 1: Paradigms This module focuses on research paradigms, enabling you to position yourself in relation to them, thinking about your identity, experiences and understanding of research.

Writing for Academic Practice 1 Developed to support the writing process and to scaffold your development towards the writing of publishable research this module offers you the opportunity to be involved in the analysis and evaluation of research articles, peer reviewing, editing, drafting and reformulation of written work.

Learning, Culture and Society An introduction to major education and social theories, and offers an opportunity to undertake research or a substantive literature review to explore an area of interest to you.

Year 2

Research 2: Methods Focuses on the different methods of research, encouraging you to think more widely about alternative methods which you could use for your thesis.

Writing for Academic Practice 2 You will develop your own writing skills with a view to publishing articles in academic journals. You will also have an opportunity in a virtual learning environment (VLE), to debate and have discussions with EdD students at the University of Hawaii.

Investigating Complexity This module covers a range of well-established theories, with a view to deepening your core skills for critical enquiry and helping you to develop a conceptual framework for your thesis research.

Year 3

Preparing your Research Proposal In this module you will have advice on the selection of a thesis topic. You will be asked to present your proposal to the doctoral cohort. You will also be supported in preparing your proposal for Registration with Oxford Brookes University’s Research Degree Committee (RDC).

Thesis (continues in Years 4 and possibly 5) You will be allocated a team of 2 supervisors who will support you as you undertake your research and write your thesis. Your thesis will be about 50,000 words in length and will focus on a specialist area of your choice. It will make a distinct contribution to knowledge in the field of study and demonstrate your capacity for original, autonomous research. Support in writing your thesis is provided through meetings with your assigned supervisors and through regular thesis workshops.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic 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. Please contact the course directors for more information.

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.
International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 2690 EU/EEA


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