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At the start of their EdD students plan out a programme of research training with their supervisor.   Emphasis will be placed on methods likely to be used by practitioner researchers.

The EdD follows a cohort-based Programme Structure as follows:

Years 1-2: Attendance at research methods sessions aimed particularly at those interested in studying and improving professional practice. At the end of the 2nd year students submit their registration portfolio and attend a registration viva. Upon passing the viva they are formally registered for the EdD.

In the first two years there is a frontloaded blended research methods programme.  

Years 3-5: Data collection and analysis and writing up. Termly sessions, particularly relevant to those in the upper year stages of their EdD, continue to be offered. At the end of the 5th year students submit their final dissertation and attend the viva.

One to one supervision

Students are entitled to six hours of supervision per year (one-to-one).

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.


In the first two years, students are encouraged to submit draft pieces of writing for formative written feedback from their supervisor.

Following the registration viva (usually around the end of the second year) students receive written feedback from their advisor and a second independent assessor.

Throughout the EdD, formative feedback is provided through supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which can be viewed by the student via the Cambridge Postgraduate Supervision Reporting System.


Thesis / Dissertation

The word limit for the EdD thesis is 80,000 words, excluding appendices, footnotes, reference list and bibliography. All students must attend a viva (oral examination).


Around the end of the second year, a formal assessment of progress will be made. Students submit a registration report (10,000 words) and attend a registration viva. Students will only be formally registered for the EdD when they have passed their registration viva and completed any corrections to their registration report as required by the assessors.

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5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Education

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
March 31, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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