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Doctor of Education EdD

Course Description

This programme is not currently recruiting. A new Doctorate in Education at Kingston University is under development – if you would like to find out more, please email .

Choose Kingston's Doctor of Education EdD

This part-time programme enables education professionals to undertake a substantial investigation into an area of current professional practice in education, following contextual modules focused on methods and philosophies of educational enquiry, professionalism and teaching and learning. The EdD is offered in collaboration with Roehampton University and involves attendance at weekend conferences, tutorials and online learning activities in the preparation of module assignments, which are focused on professional practice.

What will you study?

During the first two years of this five-year programme, you will study modules on professional issues, research methods and design, and issues in teaching and learning. In the remaining three years, you will undertake a research project that builds on the knowledge acquired from the modules and relates to an area of professional practice. You will report your project in a thesis of 45,000 words or equivalent.


Coursework, assignments, presentations and research project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Professionalism in Education
Professionalism and Professional Practice
Educational Research: Philosophy and Practice
Design and Method in Educational Research
Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
Current Issues in Teaching and Learning

Stage 2 (Years 3, 4 and 5)

Research Project

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

This course is ideal if you want to investigate an area of current professional practice in education or training. It is comparable to a PhD in terms of scale and rigour, but aimed at busy professionals.

Taught modules cover professional issues and methodologies relevant to researching professional practice. These contextualise the processes of work-based learning and help you develop an advanced doctoral level understanding of reflective practice and research.

We offer the EdD in collaboration with Roehampton University. This allows us to offer a range of knowledge extending from early childhood to public sector management. You enrol with one institution (usually the one with expertise most closely related to your anticipated research interests) with access to appropriate resources at both.

You also benefit from nationally-recognised expertise in research methods training.

Teaching staff are professional practitioners or research-active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.

Our student-centred approach to learning means you benefit from flexible study options. Teaching formats include:
intensive weekend sessions;
small group tutorial sessions;
one-to-one supervision; and
e-learning support.

We expect you to study part-time for five years to complete the EdD but, where appropriate, you may be able to extend or reduce this time.

The School of Education at Kingston University is consistently rated among the top education departments in the country by the Guardian UK university league tables.

We design our courses in collaboration with local authorities, schools, colleges and other educational organisations. This ensures you will keep up to date with the latest developments and initiatives.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Doctor of Education EdD page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have completed masters-level study in education or a related field and hold a professional role in education or training with at least two years’ experience.

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