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Doctorate of Education (Ed.D)

Course Description

What is the Doctorate of Education (Ed D) at the Institute of Education, University of Reading?
The professional doctorate at the Institute of Education, University of Reading offers research training and career development to a broad range of professionals in areas relating to education. The programme aims to enable students to critically reflect on their professional contexts as well as understand the values that inform practice. The main aim of the programme is to develop high standards of research that will be relevant to a range of professional careers.

This is a five year part-time programme with teaching taking place over three weekends per year in the first two years, followed by a supervised research thesis in the following three. The programme incorporates structured modules with a substantial research thesis on a particular issue or topic. This is a broad and flexible research based programme, taught by experienced, internationally recognised, research active staff, that will be relevant and of interest to a range of professionals.

Reading: a world-class university

The University of Reading is ranked as one of UK's 20 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, the University received a Royal Charter in 1926. Through its multi-million pound investment, the University of Reading offers twenty-first century facilities The Institute of Education at the University of Reading is one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK. It is ranked first in training Primary School teachers by the Good Teacher Training Guide and is amongst the top ten providers overall. The Institute has developed clearly focused and distinctive research themes which have made significant and widely recognised contributions to the study of Education.


Students must successfully pass the Part A taught modules of the programme before moving on to Part B. Students who successfully pass Part A and do not wish to move on to Part B may be awarded a Masters in Research. Each module in Part A is assessed via means of assignments totalling 6,000 words for each module.

The thesis element of the programme will be examined by viva voce and in accordance with the Code of Practice for Research Students, the Guide for Examiners for Higher Degrees by Research and Rules for the Submission of Thesis for Higher Degrees by Research. The thesis is required to make a distinct contribution to knowledge/profession, to be original and demonstrate an ability to relate to the existing body of research with in the field.

Visit the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained a Masters degree as well as having at least three years professional experience. Candidates without a Masters qualification but with a relevant professional qualification and/or significant working experience may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.A 700 word statement outlining why you would like to undertake an Educational Doctorate and how the programme fits with future career plans is also required.English Language certificate (if your previous qualification was not studied in English) can be found here: View Website

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