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Doctorate in Education, EdD Postgraduate prospectus

  • Our EdD programme is flexible in delivery and designed to support you in the challenges of doctoral study and research
  • Our teaching and supervisory teams draw on a vast range of practical and academic experience in educational research and doctoral supervision
  • Fellow EdD participants from a wide variety of backgrounds help to make this a supportive, rich and collegiate learning experience
  • Located across the university's iconic Greenwich Campus.

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5-7 years part time



"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

The University of Greenwich has long been a centre for excellence in teacher training and education, and we have a strong commitment to meeting the needs of those who want to study at the highest academic level. 

Our Doctorate in Education (EdD) is intended for committed mid-career and senior professionals in all areas of education, training and related professional fields. We provide you with a doctoral programme at the forefront of professional and academic practice, which includes taught coursework and a supervised thesis. Our programme is flexible but rigorous, and is designed to support you through the challenges of doctoral study and research.

Academic supervision

Our programme is part-time, and is supported by teaching and supervisory teams which have a strong range of practical and academic experience, both in educational research and in doctoral supervision. Both our students and the external examiner have commended the quality of the programme structure, student support, thesis supervision and high completion rates. 

Student backgrounds

We currently have over 60 participants on the programme, drawn from a variety of organisations, including schools, colleges, universities, and health and social care services. This mix of disciplines and perspectives provides a rich and collegiate learning experience. 

Time commitment

The attendance requirement is mainly in the first two years of study, where you attend on alternate Thursday evenings and undertake a taught programme which is designed to build your research expertise. After this is complete, you will have a progression interview, which confirms your move to the thesis phase of the programme, which then lasts for 3 to 4 years part-time. 

Thesis support

During the thesis phase your main focus will be on your dissertation, and you will be supported in this by your experienced supervisory team; we provide additional support through ten Thursday evening research methods workshops during the year and two EdD Saturday sessions. During your studies, your fellow EdD participants will provide a network for motivation and support throughout your doctoral journey.


Located at the university's prestigious  Greenwich Campus, the Doctorate in Education programme has world-renowned attractions right on its doorstep from the Cutty Sark to Greenwich Park.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought Building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich Campus, you will have access to state-of-the-art learning, teaching and social spaces.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A Master's degree (not necessarily in Education)
  • At least three years' professional experience.

What people say

"I would highly recommend the EdD course, not exclusively for academics, but for professionals who embrace lifelong learning. It has reshaped the criticality with which I view the world as well as my practice as a teacher." 

Edelia Skirving
Doctorate in Education

"Undertaking the EdD was a monumental but very worthwhile endeavour. My intention was to write a thesis which was accessible, and there were highs and lows as the research progressed. I am fortunate to have had my thesis published as an eBook and now have readers around the world. I do not think I would have enjoyed such international readership without the opportunity of completing this EdD."

Dr Melanie Thorley
Doctorate in Education

Extra information


EdD candidates are assessed through assignments and a thesis, plus dissemination of work and a final doctoral viva.


Graduates from this programme have gone on to a wide range of middle and senior academic and management roles in schools, colleges, universities, local government, health and social care services, and other public and private sector organisations.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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