Doctorate of Education (Ed.D)

staff2015-carol-fullerWhat is the Doctorate of Education (Ed D) at the Institute of Education, University of Reading?

The professional doctorate at the Institute of Education, University of Reading, led by Dr Carol Fuller (right) offers research training and career development to a broad range of professionals in areas relating to education. The programme aims to enable students to critically reflect on their professional contexts 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. 

IOE-GRAD1Students come from a range of backgrounds including schools, further and higher education; NHS; armed forces and social work and from roles in the classroom to very senior positions. The EdD therefore appeals to those working within Education on the very broadest sense.

This is a five year part-time programme with teaching taking place over three weekends per year in the first two years, followed by a supervised research thesis in the following three. The programme incorporates structured modules with a substantial research thesis on a particular issue or topic. This is a broad and flexible research based programme, taught by experienced, internationally recognised, research active staff, that will be relevant and of interest to a range of professionals.


Reading: a world-class university

The University of Reading is ranked as one of UK's 20 most researchLondon road Great Hall-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, the University received a Royal Charter in 1926. Through its multi-million pound investment, the University of Reading offers twenty-first century facilities The Institute of Education at the University of Reading is one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK. It is ranked first in training Primary School teachers by the Good Teacher Training Guide and is amongst the top ten providers overall. The Institute has developed clearly focused and distinctive research themes which have made significant and widely recognised contributions to the study of Education.


About the programme

Programme Structure

The programme is designed to be completed within a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 6 years and is comprised of 6 modules. The five taught modules are completed in the first two years:

Part A

4 Compulsory Taught Modules

  • Research methods Part A and Part B (double module taken over two years)
  • Professionalism and an Ethic of Care
  • Educational Leadership and Management

One Optional Taught Module

  • Psychology of Education and Learning
  • Children and Social Inclusion

Part B

Students undertake an independent research study on an approved topic of approximately 50,000 words. The Part 2 research thesis is undertaken with supervision by a member of staff.



Students must successfully pass the Part A taught modules of the programme before moving on 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 for each module.

The thesis element of the programme will be examined by viva voce and in accordance with the Code of Practice for Research Students, the Guide for Examiners for Higher Degrees by Research and Rules for the Submission of Thesis for Higher Degrees by Research. The thesis is required to make a distinct contribution to knowledge/profession, to be original and demonstrate an ability to relate to the existing body of research with in the field.


What current students have to say:

"I am impressed with every aspect of [the programme]. The course is well-planned and professionally run, the lecturers are friendly, approachable and helpful, and the work is genuinely interesting and relevant...I feel that what I have read has already made an impact on how I view teaching."

"Academic support is excellent and excellent teaching too."

"An excellent Part A - no hesitation in recommending this course to others - academic support is outstanding."

"It has been an incredible experience throughout - I have learnt more than I expected. I am happy with everything."


Entry requirements

Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained a Masters degree as well as having at least three years professional experience. Where there is a strong case, candidates without a Masters qualification but with a relevant professional qualification and/or significant working experience may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

A 700 word statement outlining 1) why you would like to undertake an Educational Doctorate, 2) how the programme fits with future career plans and 3) an indication of what you may wish to research in part B or the programme, including why this is worth exploring, is also required.

English Language certificate (if your previous qualification was not studied in English) can be found here:

Teaching Dates for following Intake:


4th & 5th Feb

6th & 7th May

7th & 8th October


3rd & 4th Feb

12th & 13th May

6th & 7th October 2018


2nd & 3rd Feb

11th & 12th May

5th & 6th October 


Home/EU - £2500 for home/EU

International - £6200

Students pay fees for each year of registration.



In the first instance enquiries about the Educational Doctorate should be directed to:

Dr Carol Fuller - Programme Director

+44 (0) 118 378 2662

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