Doctorate in Education (EdD)

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

What is an EdD?

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Apply for an EdD and work on a research-based programme focused on the development of professional practice.

You will work at doctorate level on issues or problems of direct relevance to your professional interests and institutional concerns, bringing significant benefit to the organisation in which you work.  

The programme is intended for professionals with an education or training function from public sector or commercial/business organisations, such as:

  • health professionals
  • social workers
  • staff working in inter-agency settings
  • teachers
  • trainers and consultants
Being engaged with the School of Education provided a means to test ideas in a friendly supportive environment, while encouraging and stimulating my cross-discipline roots, to introduce ideas, concepts and ways of thinking from other fields. This was key in nurturing my aspirations to practically deliver my theories in a hands-on environment.

- Dr Martina Doolan

EdD 2011 graduate: Using technology to support collaborative learning through assessment design

What is the format for research and study?

A series of study days are organised every two months in two-day blocks and single days (including Saturdays), supervisory meetings, e-learning support and University of Hertfordshire Generic Training for Researchers sessions.  

This programme has a strong cohort experience and attendance at the bimonthly study days is compulsory.

During the study days, which are led by the EdD team, students develop research skills, approaches and themes in a supportive context.

These are designed to facilitate shared and collaborative learning.  

The EdD team includes professionals with a wide range of expertise at the forefront of education and social enquiry.

The best thing about the EdD programme was the chance to work collaboratively with highly skilled supervisors and other practice based research students. The chance to explore methodologies and have them critically reviewed on the study days deepened my understanding of the development of my unique contribution to practice.

- Dr Sue Attard

EdD 2010 graduate: Listening to voices of children and learning with them: Action research in a primary school

What sort of topic should I focus on?

Recent topics researched by EdD students include:

  • Children’s service professionals
  • Educational policy, democracy and leadership
  • Embodied practice and social and emotional wellbeing in educational and NHS settings
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurialism practice-based research, including arts-informed approaches
  • Feedback on assessed work
  • Globalisation and higher education
  • Pedagogy in a changing world, including science, maths and music education
  • Professional learning and development, including mentoring and organisational change
  • Body, movement and dance in psychotherapy
The best things about the EdD programme was being a member of a cohort to study alongside, the regular focused study sessions in research methods, and a supportive and cohesive cohort.

- Dr Amanda Jeffries

EdD 2010 graduate: Blended learning: Undergraduate students experiences of using technology to support their learning

Apply for an Education research degree

Find out more about applying for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Hertfordshire.