Postgraduate prospectus

Doctorate in Education, EdD

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.

During the thesis phase, your focus will be on your dissertation. You will be supported in this by your experienced supervisory team. In the taught phase, you will have a personal tutor who will help you settle into university life and support you in addressing some of the requirements of the programme.

As an established centre for excellence in various aspects of education, the University of Greenwich commits to meeting the needs of researchers who want to study at the highest level whether they work in the education or other sectors.


School of Education




  • 3-4 years full-time
  • 5-7 years part-time

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Home/international fees

* 2022 starters pay the 2021/22 fees.

2021/22 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This flexible Doctorate in Education is designed to support you in the challenges of doctoral study and research.
  • Your teaching and supervisory teams have practical and academic experience in educational research and doctoral supervision.
  • We expect you to commit to other activities apart from lectures. This includes attendance at Doctoral weekends and at the education seminar series.
  • The only full-time EdD programme currently running in the UK.
  • Programme has embedded opportunities for developing research presentation skills through seminars and a dissemination module.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

Welcome to our Doctorate in Education (PhD). Our course 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.

Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. Over 66 percent of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification. Other academics who contribute to your lectures are also well-qualified and like the core teaching team, have extensive experience of supervision on both the Ed.D and PhD courses.

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Entry requirements

If you are

You are required to have:

  • A Master's degree during which the applicant undertook a research project and produced a high-quality dissertation
  • A minimum of five years of experience
  • In exceptional cases, candidates with a strong first degree (2.1 usually) who hold top level appointments in their field will be considered.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?


Can I use prior learning?

If you have undertaken a part of this programme of study in a UK university or a reputable university in another country, you might be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Each case will be considered on its own merit.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.


You will be required to attend lectures one evening a fortnight. The lectures are generally focused on the development of your theoretical knowledge in research methodology and on the practical applications of these skills.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

You will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for course work and presentations. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. It is important that you are able to make out time to meet this commitment.

Overall workload

The attendance requirement is mainly in the first two years of study, where you attend on alternate Wednesday evenings and undertake a taught course which is designed to build your research expertise. We also expect you to attend the doctoral weekends and seminar series.


EdD candidates are assessed through assignments and a thesis, plus dissemination of work and a final doctoral viva. You will be made aware of the requirements from the beginning of your course. Each module has an assessment brief and a deadline for submission.

Feedback summary

Once you submit your thesis for examination, the examination should take place within three months of the date the Faculty Research Degrees Committee approves the examination arrangements.

Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Other costs

Although the faculty supports you to attend and present at external conferences, this support is not guaranteed. You may need to fund your attendance at external conferences. However this is neither compulsory nor seen as a requirement of your course.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Most students on this course are already well established in their careers. However, achieving the EdD enables professionals to follow other pathways for advancement in their place of work or to take on leadership responsibilities in other areas particularly areas that involve research, development and policy development. It also offers the opportunity to embark on academic careers in some cases.

Graduates of the EdD course have moved on to become head teachers, college leaders, academics, sector leaders in the health sector, senior civil servants and leaders in various sectors including in engineering, travel and tourism and in business amongst others.

Do you provide employability services?

The university has an employability service which all students are allowed to utilise. The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for new roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

More about careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre. In your thesis stage, you will have the opportunity to attend a range of research and employment related training courses provided by the Research and Enterprise Training Institute (RETI).

If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we might be able to negotiate for the delivery of such training courses through RETI.

Support from the department

During the thesis phase your main focus will be on your dissertation, where you will be supported by your experienced supervisory team. We also offer ten Thursday evening research methods workshops during the year and two EdD Saturday sessions.

Your fellow participants will also provide a network for motivation and support. We also have a seminar series which we encourage you to attend and at which you can make presentations on aspects of your research.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.