Oxford Brookes University School of Education

Oxford Brookes University


This course is a professionally-focused, cohort-based doctorate, aimed primarily at experienced professionals working in education, health and related fields. The programme is an opportunity to pursue doctoral study in the context of a professional role, combining taught courses with independent research. Work will enable students to develop and use advanced research skills and so become an independent, reflective and competent researchers.

Entry requirements

4 years� experience in a relevant professional area, and should hold a postgraduate master's degree from a recognised university. A good grade (usually Merit or Distinction) in the Master's. Applicants need to provide an extract from their 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. Applicants should also provide a statement in support of your application, not exceeding 1,000 words, which should indicate: possible areas of research for their thesis; reasons for wanting to join the EdD programme; how the course would enhance their professional development.

Course modules

Year 1: research 1: paradigms; writing for academic practice 1; learning, culture and society. Year 2: research 2: methods; writing for academic practice 2; investigating complexity. Year 3: preparing the research proposal; thesis (continues in years 4 and possibly 5).

Assessment methods

Assessment of the taught programme is mostly by written assignments and presentations. The assessment for the Learning, Culture and Society module involves a small research project which enables students to experiment with different research methods and hone their research skills. The assessment of the thesis is by a viva.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
EdD Part-time £ 2,690 per Academic year (home fees) 60 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

Key information

Research Degrees Team
Telephone number: 
01865 488585