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Postgraduate Admissions

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Candidates for the EdD will be experienced professionals working in educational contexts including schools, higher education institutions and health care settings.  Applicants will include teachers, school leaders, university staff and those working in related fields (for example, policy, advice and support or management), who are committed to extending their understanding and improving practice in their educational domain through researching and theorising policy and practice. The EdD is designed to facilitate knowledge building through engagement with practitioners and policymakers. An important aspect of the work of the EdD Communities is a focus on strategies for maximising the impact of students’ research and dissemination of the outcomes.

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.


Applicants for this course whose Master's is from another university should have achieved the equivalent of a UK Master's (merit). Students wishing to continue to the EdD or PhD from either the MPhil in Education or the Master of Education in the Faculty of Education are required to achieve a mark of merit for their MPhil or MEd thesis.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about 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. 1, 2020
Application deadline
March 31, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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