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The Doctorate in Education (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. 

By providing a detailed understanding of research techniques and enabling students to relate theoretical concepts to their professional field, the programme aims to support students to critically reflect on their professional contexts as well as explore and understand the research and values that inform practice.

The programme has been running successfully for many years at the University of Reading and we welcome students from a range of backgrounds including: early years; 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: five compulsory modules. 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 in the 21st Century
  • Educational Leadership and Management
  • Theory in Education.

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

Teaching for Part A takes place only at weekends. These are normally the first weekend in February, the weekend after the Early May Bank Holiday, and the first weekend in October.


 5-6 February 2022  7-8 May 2022  1-2 October 2022
 4-5 February 2023  13-14 May 2023  7-8 October 2023
 3-4 February 2024  11-12 May 2024  5-6 October 2024

Course Fees

In 2023/24 the fees will be:

  • Home fees: £3,500 per year
  • International fees: £10,415 per year


Each module in Part A is assessed via means of assignments totalling 6,000 words. Students must successfully complete Part A of the programme with an average of 60% before progressing 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.
Part B is an independent, supervised research thesis on an approved topic of approximately 50,000 words which will be examined by viva voce. The thesis is required to make a distinct contribution to professional knowledge, be original, and demonstrate an ability to relate to the existing body of research within the field.

EdD supervision

When you undertake a EdD with us, you'll be assigned a supervisor with expertise that aligns with your research topic.

Our expert academics are leaders in their areas of research, and will work closely with you to ensure your time with us as a EdD student is as rewarding as possible.

Find out more about our EdD alumni and their research

Find out more about our staff and the areas of doctoral research they supervise


As well as the excellent training on research methods on the 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 - the programme is jointly run with the triple accredited Henley Business School. 
  • Supporting international students to develop their academic English skills with a range of classes and services.

Find out how to apply


Doctoral supervisors

Become part of a vibrant and diverse research community, working alongside leading experts within the research field of education.


Research impact

Research at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education has had a direct impact on school curricula as well as learning and teaching strategies, both in the UK and abroad.


Latest research news

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