University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Professional Doctorate in Education

The EdD is a doctoral level qualification designed for professionals working within the education sector. It provides a structured programme of advanced scholarship and research which is of equivalent level to the traditional PhD, but which is orientated towards professional practice. The course is aimed at professionals across a range of educational contexts, including teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational consultants and early years practitioners.

Entry requirements

EdD: A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience, and demonstration of the ability to study at postgraduate level (60 level 7 credits, for example a PgCert, or equivalent). Applicants must be professionally engaged in the field of education in a way that enables them to achieve the programme learning outcomes. Applicants are subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

The taught element of the programme is completed over two years and focusses on developing the knowledge and skills to enable you to successfully complete a doctoral level research project. On successful completion of the taught phase and submission of a research proposal, you will be assigned a supervisory team to support you in the completion of your doctoral thesis. Core units you will study include: Professional Review and Development Advanced Research Techniques Publication and Dissemination Professional Research and Development Research Proposal

Assessment methods

The taught element of the course is delivered through workshops and online discussions (Moodle). The programme of themed workshops will include seminars led by the course team and opportunities for interactive group work. You will also have access to a Moodle site which contains relevant links and resources and which will enable discussions to continue between formal workshops. As well as this, you will also be required to undertake independent study to supplement the formal teaching sessions, with appropriate guidance from a tutor or thesis supervisor. How are you assessed? There is a wide variety of different assessments aimed at integrating academic knowledge and professional practice, including: a reflective practice assignment a review of an academic journal article a small scale research project a research proposal a thesis viva voce examination


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
EdD Part-time October 2018 2,670 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years
EdD Part-time October 2018 6,600 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
EdD Part-time October 2019 2,780 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years
EdD Part-time October 2019 6,950 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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