EdD Doctor of Education

Do you want to develop your knowledge and research skills in the field of education even further? The Doctor of Education (EdD) course offers you the benefits of a part-taught degree along with the opportunity to independently research a specific area of interest in depth.

EdD Doctor of Education

Course details

At the University of Bolton we have a ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ ethos. This means we aspire to offer postgraduate student-focused learning opportunities that inform best practice in education, underpinned by the research knowledge of our high quality staff.

The Doctor of Education course was the first of its kind to be introduced at the University and is extremely popular. The programme differs from the traditional PhD in that it is in two parts. Stage one, the taught element, covers the development and submission of your research proposal. Stage two is a programme of directed and independent study leading to the production and defence of your own critical commentary.

Our welcoming team of experienced, professionally and academically qualified staff will help you to understand how you can align your research topic of interest to other current research in applicable fields, and apply it to your own professional practice and context. The EdD is invaluable for demonstrating your ability to implement a project and also opens up opportunities for higher education lecturing and/or research posts.

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: EdD
  • Duration: 72 months

Course highlights:

  • The EdD is a high-level, nationally-recognised qualification that has strong higher education kudos and compares exactly to a PhD.
  • Professionals who hold a University of Bolton EdD take back to their organisation a greater knowledge and a higher understanding of today's diverse educational world, gained through a programme that is research driven.
  • We’ll work with you to help mould your EdD so that it complements your employment and interests within the research framework.
  • You’ll be strongly encouraged to bring your own education-related issues to the table as the basis of your research. The research (thesis) phase requires you to design, implement and disseminate an original research study.
  • This partly taught doctorate offers a more efficient format than the independent research project involved in a traditional PhD.

Key features:

  • Our EdDL emphasizes leadership development, oral and written communication, and understanding of contemporary educational assessment and research. You’ll examine a specific area of interest in detail via a thesis, and be encouraged to develop your research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills to a very high level.
  • We’ll support you to develop a thorough understanding of research methods so you can make informed research decisions, and become skilled in shaping learning materials towards your own specialism. This makes the course relevant to specialists in every sector of education, from early years through to higher education.
  • Using collaborative learning methods, you’ll be encouraged to work with other course members and your tutors as co-developers of knowledge, drawing from work-based experience to share best practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop a strong working relationship with your fellow students and tutors before you embark on your research phase.
  • The course is designed to fit around your current employment commitments and responsibilities. Classes are usually held on Saturdays and include seminars, face-to-face teaching and new technologies.
  • For your thesis, you’ll work with a named supervisor, your Director of Studies. Your supervisor will guide you through the course up to submission and the oral examination.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: EdD
  • Duration: 72 months

Normally, you should have a master’s degree and at least three years’ experience working in education or training.

Normally, you'll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

Normally, you’ll need to provide satisfactory references prior to enrolment on the course.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 7.5 with normally no less than 7.0 in any band (or equivalent).

Career opportunities

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a doctoral degree that has a research focus in the field of education. It is designed to prepare you for academic, research, administrative, clinical, or professional positions in educational, civil, private organisations, or public institutions.

The EdD is aimed at experienced educational professionals wishing to further develop their research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills. Employers in education and elsewhere recognise doctoral qualifications as an indicator of high quality performance which may lead to promotion within your current role.

What can I do with this qualification?

This qualification could enhance your career opportunities and can support progression into senior education leadership and management. The EdD provides an opportunity to prepare for academic, administrative or specialised positions in education.

Possession of the EdD qualification will increase your prospects for promotion and leadership responsibilities, and could support your appointment to high-level professional positions in a range of locations in the broad education industry. The EdD is recognised for the purposes of appointment as a lecturer and may even, alongside a comprehensive list of additional achievements and experience, help support an application to the post of professor.

Alternative career options

  • Quality inspection
  • Consultancy
  • Local Authority senior management
  • Department for Education senior management
  • Journalism/writing
  • Educational charity work
  • Educational policy
  • Social work
  • Local government
  • Higher education

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching, learning and assessment

This programme is structured in two stages of taught and research elements. In stage one, the taught element, you’ll be assessed for the development and submission of a preliminary research proposal and a review of relevant literature.

The stage two research element is made up of a programme of directed and independent study, leading to the development, production and defence of your thesis. The thesis is a comprehensive study of application of knowledge to a professional practice issue or issues with a shared theme.

You’ll work with a named supervisor, your Director of Studies, who will guide and advise you through to submission and the oral examination. They’ll have expertise in the area of your proposed research so you can discuss your ideas in tutorial sessions.

Classes are usually held on Saturdays and will include seminars, face-to-face teaching and new technologies. There are also open postgraduate research student sessions that are usually held on Friday mornings. You’ll be required to engage in a substantial amount of independent study, including library research and further reading, which will be guided by your Director of Studies.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    72 months

Contact us

Dai Griffiths
Programme Leader
Email: D.E.Griffiths@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903598

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903