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Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Grow your expertise and put your research skills to work with a professional Doctorate in Education from University of Stirling. We're ranked 2nd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2020).

Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Key facts

  • Award Doctorate
  • Start date October or January
  • Duration EdD full-time; 36 to 60 months, EdD part-time: 60 to 96 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Stand-alone modules, Mixture of online and classroom delivery

Our Doctorate in Education is an ideal development opportunity if you’re a senior education professional seeking to enhance and utilise your research expertise. Whatever your area of education – from schools, colleges and universities to professional, work-based and lifelong learning, or policy development – earning a Professional Doctorate will position you as a leader in your field.

Our Doctorate in Education is tailored to the needs of busy professionals, and combines an excellent grounding in research methods and educational theory with the opportunity to put your research to work in improving professional policy and practice.

You’ll work towards your EdD either full or part-time under the guidance of expert teachers who have helped to secure the University’s reputation as one of the top 10 in the UK for Education studies (The Complete University Guide 2019).

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    The EdD will enable you to develop research on your own chosen topics in ways that are deeply connected to important professional interests, practices, policies and impacts. Like the PhD, the EdD meets the requirements for the production of a significant, original and rigorous contribution to the field. Distinctively, the EdD course starts with taught modules before the supervised research phases begin. The taught modules look at theories and paradigms of research and orientations to methodology and inquiry.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Educational research at the University of Stirling had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish university, with 100% classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Our expert teaching team are on hand to introduce you to cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research in a multi-disciplinary and professional environment.

I enjoyed the relation this programme had to my professional practice and that throughout the doctorate journey I was able to influence policy and practice
Dr Heather Bain
Doctorate in Education (EdD)
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The support I have received during my studies has been outstanding. I know the University of Stirling Faculty of Social Sciences was the right choice for me and would urge others to come and enjoy it too.
Dr Elaine Cook
Doctorate in Education (EdD)
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