Education EdD Doctor of


This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020


3.5–6 years part-time

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2020

29 November 2019

For PGR start date April 2020

11 February 2020

For PGR start date September 2020

02 July 2020

About the research degree

The Doctor of Education is a research degree for experienced educational professionals and is equivalent to the PhD. It differs from the PhD in providing formally assessed research training during the first year. The course recruits from a wide variety of educational contexts and offers a comprehensive programme of study and training in quantitative and qualitative research techniques. One of the strengths of the course is the sense of group cohesion, which is developed in year one.

[b]Research in education[/b]

Our research students are supported by research active academic staff. Ongoing research underpins the School’s reputation for developing professionals. A vibrant and dynamic research culture include a seminar series, lectures by external speakers, funded research projects, book publications and journal articles. Our Research Centre and active research groups reflect emergent research areas led by our senior academics.

The School has a designated Research Centre; The Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society (HUDCRES) and various research groups [here|]. The School of Education and Development has a research environment and was judged by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise to ‘be conducive to producing internationally recognised and internationally excellent research’.

The School of Education and Professional Development offers a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research students from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds. The School has provided opportunities for study at PhD, EdD and Masters level for over twenty years, and many of the graduates from our postgraduate research programmes now occupy senior positions in the education systems of the UK and countries overseas.

Course detail

The 4 taught modules are completed in the first year of study through attending the full-day sessions on 13 Saturdays. You would then progress to the research phase. The following are the taught modules that will be covered:

[b]- Educational Research Theory and Methodology[/b] This module provides the theoretical, methodological and conceptual foundation for doctoral level study in educational research. It aims to enable the student to apply this knowledge to critically evaluate the methodological basis of research practices and anticipates the formulation of research questions, outcomes and design for the generation of new knowledge in an area of professional practice as well as its evaluation.

[b]- Developing Research Proposals in Educational Enquiry[/b] The module applies the critical understanding developed through the study of the conceptual foundations of research, the principles of design and the evaluation of data collection and analysis techniques to the process of developing a proposal suitable for doctoral level research. Students with the support of action learning sets and a designated supervisor will design, and refine their ideas in order to present a coherent research proposal in a format suitable for submission for approval and scientific review appropriate to the requirements of a professional doctorate in their field. In addition workshops will consider the real world challenges of undertaking ethical research and the standards required for professional research practice.

[b]- Evaluating Research Fields and Designs[/b] This module is designed to develop students’ critical appreciation of a specific field of research related to their intended research topic, and to enhance their capacity to evaluate a range of forms of research design. The module will review the traditional evaluative criteria of validity, reliability and representativeness, as well as criteria more specifically suited to the evaluation of qualitative research, such as authenticity and verisimilitude. The applicability of these criteria will be assessed in relation to range of types of design (e.g. Survey-based research; quasi-experimental and action research; ethnographic and phenomenological research; narrative research; critical, critical feminist and critical race research approaches). Specific literatures and research studies will be evaluated in the light of students’ choice of perspective.

Year 2

[b]- Data Collection and Analysis[/b] This module builds upon the understanding of the conceptual foundations of educational research, and on the analysis of research designs, gained in previous modules, and provides an opportunity to acquire and apply techniques of data collection and analysis. The module will address the practical as well as theoretical aspects of data collection and analysis, and provide in-depth experience of the application of relevant computer techniques. There will be an exploration of the range of possibilities in data gathering appropriate to particular types of research question.

Following completion of the final module your work will be dedicated to completing a thesis that should not normally exceed 50,000 words, under the guidance of two research supervisors, involving analysis of data, writing up and a viva voce examination.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on the EdD are a Master's degree or an equivalent professional qualification, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed.

A research proposal of between 750-1000 words (plus bibliography) outlining your area of research interest will be needed as part of your online research degree application. Your concepts will be reviewed to identify supervision providing the expertise and knowledge necessary to guide you through your research. It is understood that the taught modules will influence your research aims and objectives prior to your progression into the research phase.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

You will be taught by staff who actively engage in research and publication, at the cutting edge of their various specialisms.

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

Researcher Environment

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

We offer our postgraduate research students high quality supervision and in the Higher Education Academy’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) Education at Huddersfield consistently scored higher than the average for all other Universities.

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