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 Start month 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

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Research Degrees Team
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