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Postgraduate Study

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Education is no longer accepting new applications.

The part-time EdD is aimed at professional practitioners and those in related fields (e.g. policy, support or management), who are committed to extending their understanding and improving practice. Applicants for the EdD course usually include teachers, school leaders, university staff and those working in related educational fields. Through their research students seek to generate, develop and disseminate professional knowledge and support innovation that will have social and educational impact. The EdD is not a distance learning programme.

There will be a programme of research methods training over the course of the programme. Students will attend specially tailored sessions within the wider EdD community, as well as one-to-one supervisions with an academic whose expert interests link with the area in which they are conducting their research. Throughout their studies, students are encouraged to play an active role in research seminars, engage in opportunities for acquiring transferable skills and to disseminate research findings to the wider educational domain.


Continuation to the EdD from masters programmes within the Faculty of Education is not automatic, and students  wishing to do so must submit an EdD application by the usual deadline. 

To continue to the EdD in Education from the MPhil in Education or the Master of Education, students are normally required to achieve a mark of merit for their MPhil or MEd dissertation.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Education

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
April 26, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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