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1. 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, as well as having at least three years professional experience. Candidates without a master's qualification, but with a relevant qualification and/or significant professional experience may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

If English is not your first language, you need to have achieved (or will have achieved before starting your EdD) a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in all subsections) or equivalent.

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

In addition, all applicants must submit:

  • A 500-word statement outlining why they would like to undertake a professional doctorate and how the programme fits with their future career plans.
  • A research proposal of no more than 1000 words.

Download the EdD Guidelines

2. Make an initial inquiry

We recommend that you get in touch with us before you make a formal application.This will give you the opportunity to discuss your ideas and get advice about your application. 

3. Select a topic and develop a suitable proposal

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 timeframe available to you. In addition, it should address a perceived 'gap' in the literature and, most importantly, be of interest to you.

4. Make an application

Once you are ready to make a formal application, you can apply through our online application service.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.