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Professional Doctorate in Education

University of Hertfordshire

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  • Qualification

    EdD - Doctor of Education

  • Location

    University of Hertfordshire

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    16-SEP-22, 16-SEP-23

  • Duration

    5 years

Course summary

About the course

The EdD is a research-based programme focused on the improvement of professional practice. You will work at doctorate level on issues or problems that are of direct relevance to your professional interests and institutional concerns, bringing significant benefit to the organisation in which you work. You will undertake a programme of studies in the areas of professional development and impact on practice. You will investigate research approaches and methods appropriate to practice-based research; and leadership issues in promoting the learning of others. In consultation with tutors you will develop a programme of work which leads to the presentation of a thesis. The programme is intended for professionals with an education or training function from public sector or commercial/business organisations. These include: people working in education settings such as schools, further education, higher education, and local education authorities; trainers and consultants; staff working in inter-agency settings; youth and social workers. Study themes for Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) are: issues in professional learning and development; approaches to research. Study Themes for Phases 2 and 3 (Years 3 to 5) are: professional learning and development of practice-based research, with supervisory support leading to the production of a substantial thesis. There is a programme of sessions relating to the themes provides opportunities for you to present and evaluate your own work.

Why choose this course?

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) offers the opportunity for those with an enthusiasm for learning to gain the highest level of professional qualification available in the field.

Teaching methods

A series of bi-monthly study days are organised in two-day blocks and single days (including weekend days), supervision meetings, e-learning support and University Researcher Development Programme sessions. This research course has a strong cohort experience and attendance to the bi-monthly study days is compulsory. During the study days, which are led by the EdD team, students develop research skills and discuss their ongoing projects. Students are supervised by a principal and up to two second supervisors.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 4,340per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Hertfordshire

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  • Campus address

    University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    61st out of 90 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    113 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    71.0 71%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.20 84%



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