Plymouth University

Plymouth University


For those who are responsible for leading learning in their organisations, whether it�s a school, college, HE institution or as an educator in a public or private sector organisation, this doctoral level programme is a fantastic opportunity to study education at a deep level and constantly relate this back to their own practice. The EdD helps students to expand their knowledge and understand how learning works, allowing them to transform their own practice and help shape the future of education.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally are expected to have successfully completed a Master's degree. Applicants should also be working in a professional context with responsibility for supporting learning. However, all applications are considered on an individual basis. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate the following: the potential to study at doctoral level. This would normally be indicated by successful completion of a Master's degree, but in exceptional cases may be through successful completion of a task set by the admissions tutor(s). An ability to work collaboratively in exploring and developing experience and ideas. That you are working in a professional context where you are responsible for supporting learning. Candidates not currently working in a professional context, but with appropriate and sufficiently extensive experience, may be considered at the discretion of the admissions tutor(s). If applicants are in professional practice but, in the opinion of the admissions team, do not yet have sufficient or appropriate experience to draw on, they may be deemed ineligible. A strong commitment to educational enquiry and the ability to reflect critically on practice, as a means of professional learning. The following points are also taken into account in selecting candidates: Accreditation for prior certificated learning (APCL) is considered up to 60 credits and normally only for work completed at doctoral level within the last 7 years. Accreditation for prior experiential learning (APEL) may, exceptionally, be considered. This is done in the line with the guidance in the programme and University regulations. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: policy and professional practice; professional learning; researching education practice; social research; thesis.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include thesis of 50,000 words and viva voce.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
EdD Part-time £ 4,150 per Academic year (home fees) 5 years
EdD Part-time £ 4,150 per Academic year (overseas fees) 5 years
EdD Part-time £ 4,150 per Academic year (EU fees) 5 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Plymouth Site Plymouth PL4 8AA South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
01752 585858