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Doctorate in Education – University of Reading

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Doctorate in Education

The EdD is a part-time professional doctorate which offers research training and career development to a broad range of employed professionals in areas relating to education.

This part-time programme will enable you to critically reflect on your professional context as well as understand the values that inform practice. The main aim of the programme is to develop high standards of research that will be relevant to a range of professional careers.

Our EdD is designed for those in employment, working in education in a diverse range of settings.  We welcome students from a range of backgrounds including schools; further and higher education; the NHS; the armed forces; and social work.


Programme structure

Our EdD is available for study on a part-time basis, and students typically complete the programme in 4 - 5 years. The EdD is formed of two parts:

Part A: four compulsory modules and one optional module. These modules are taught over three weekends per year in the first two years.

  • Research Methods Part I and Part II (double module taken over two years)
  • Professionalism and an Ethic of Care
  • Educational Leadership and Management
  • either Psychology of Education and Learning
  • or Children and Social Inclusion

Part B: an independent, supervised research study on an approved topic of approximately 50,000 words.


After successfully passing Part A you move to Part B. Students who successfully pass Part A and do not wish to move on to Part B may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Each module in Part A is assessed via means of assignments totalling 6,000 words.

The thesis element of this professional programme will be examined by viva voce. The thesis is required to make a distinct contribution to professional knowledge, to be original and demonstrate an ability to relate to the existing body of research within the field.


Those with a flexible schedule,  that allows for daytime attendance are able to attend a selection of training courses, including those on the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP). Further training via attendance at advanced courses, meetings and workshops may also form part of your EdD programme.

All postgraduate research students automatically become members of the University-wide Graduate School. The Graduate School's Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP) offers a rich array of training sessions and workshops which have been especially designed to help you gain the additional skills that will enable you to carry out your research professionally and effectively. The RRDP is delivered primarily using the expertise of academic and specialist staff within the University and complements any subject-specific training that we provide. The RRDP includes training sessions on research methods, writing academic papers, getting published, public engagement and career planning.

In addition to the RRDP, doctoral researchers will also have the chance to access the following development opportunities:

  • Preparing to teach
    A programme focused on the skills needed for teaching and learning activities.
  • Developing your potential as a leader
    This leadership programme is jointly run with the triple accredited Henley Business School.
  • Academic English Programme
    Supporting international students to develop their academic English skills with a range of classes and services.

Fees and funding

Below are the current fees for both home and international students. Please note that these fees apply specifically to students enrolling for the academic year 2017/18.

  • Home fees: £2,500 per year
  • International fees: £6,200 per year

 Sources of funding

Qualified UK graduates are usually eligible for full funding by the Research Councils, whilst other EU students are usually eligible for funding of fees only.

For more information about the funding sources open to you, please visit the Graduate School fees and funding webpages.

Information on other studentships available at the University can be obtained from our Money Matters pages.

 Overseas students

The University offers a number of PhD studentships per year for high quality international (non-EU) applicants, with the primary opportunity being the University of Reading International Research Studentships.

In addition to this, a number of external organisations fund doctoral scholarships on a competitive basis. In particular, information on potential funding for students from Commonwealth countries is available from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

You can find information on studentships open to international applicants on the Graduate School's Studentships for international applicants pages.

Alumni fee discounts

If you have already studied at the University of Reading you will get 10% off the fees of the first year of your postgraduate degree (up to a maximum of £1,000).

Apply for your alumni fee discount.

How to apply

  • Step one: Check our entry requirements

To be accepted on our EdD programme, you will need a master's degree (or equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed doctoral research topic.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a certain level of proficiency with English language; specifically IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four subsections, or equivalent.

For more information on entry requirements, visit our Graduate School website.

  • Step two: Select a topic

If you have a clear idea about a research project of your choice, you should first determine whether the project is suitable for study at doctoral level before compiling your written statement. The project must also be feasible within the resources and time frame available to you; it should also address a perceived 'gap' in the literature and, most importantly, be of interest to you. You can receive feedback by contacting the Institute of Education.

  • Step three: Identify a Supervisor

If you have already identified a potential supervisor at the Institute of Education, then you may wish to contact them in advance of submitting your application, to discuss your written statement with them. Alternatively, when we receive your application we will send your proposal to a potential supervisor with expertise in your area of research for their consideration. Further information about applying for an EdD with the Institute of Education can be obtained via our Enquiry Form.

  • Step four: Make an application

Please apply using the PhD and professional doctorate online application programme. This allows you to complete the necessary information and attach copies of relevant documents, including the details of two appropriate referees. Although you will be working with a specific department or supervisor, all doctoral applications have to be made centrally. We will acknowledge your application and then pass it on to the appropriate school or department.

We recommend a January start. Applications must be received at least three months in advance of the proposed start date.


​Apply now

Once you have read and considered all the detailed programme information, please use our online application service to apply for EdD study at the University of Reading

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