Doctorate in Education (EdD)

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The Professional Doctorate in Education is a flexible, part-time programme that will allow you to undertake advanced educational research, specific to your own area of work and/or interests.  You will be supported throughout by a highly respected team of practitioners and academic staff. 

The programme is ideal for anyone working in a school or education-related capacity, specifically aimed at those involved in education in a wide range of occupations:  teachers, leaders and managers in schools, lecturers in HE and FE institutions, voluntary and third sector officers, local authority and regional consortia staff, training organisations and so on. 

The programme which will equip education professionals people with the skills and knowledge to interrogate research, critique theory, and to conduct robust research which will impact on policy and practice in their area of professional activity.

Key Facts

Course Length:
6 years
Start Date: October each year

Scholarships and Bursaries

Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education
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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has a well-established reputation for excellence in professional learning for education professionals and pedagogically-focussed educational research.  The Professional Doctorate in Education is ideal for anyone who is working in school or in an education-related capacity and has the desire for higher level applied academic study and practice-oriented research.

The programme has been designed with working educators in mind, with online and distance learning supported by two face-to-face day long learning events each semester. 

The element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD.

The structure and format of the programme is designed so that students are involved in a variety of learning situations including individual work, group seminars, workshops, formal tutor-led lectures, as well as online tutorials in groups and individually. Each taught module will offer two full days (most usually Saturdays) of face-to-face teaching and will involve opportunities for online collaboration. 

The programme is studied part-time over approximately six years. It comprises two parts, with three years of taught Level 7 modules in Part 1, and a doctoral-level (Level 8) work-based research project in Part 2. Two modules per year run during Part 1.

Part 1

Candidates will study the following compulsory Level 7 modules in the first year:

  • Exploring Contemporary Issues in Education 1: developing critical skills as leaders 
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Education

In the second year you will study one compulsory module 'Research Design and Management in Education' and one optional module chosen from: 

  • Bilingual Education: Wales and beyond
  • Shaping Educational Practice: addressing the challenges of social injustice in Wales
  • Education for Creativity and Innovation
  • Physical Literacy, Physical Education and Sport; philosophy, policy and curriculum 
  • Foundation Phase and Early Childhood: Critical perspectives
  • Combating Prejudice and Discrimination in Education
  • Assessment for a new curriculum in Wales
  • Leadership in Self-improving systems
  • Mathematics in Education

The third year involves one practical research development module: 

Exploring Contemporary Issues in Education 2: applying critical skills, contributing to knowledge: leading improvement 

Part 2

The second part of the programme comprised the research thesis at Level 8 which requires the production of a 60,000 word report.

Research is focused on workplace practice, enabling advanced practitioners to undertake a doctoral programme whilst also making a significant contribution to their own professional practice as well as their organisation’s strategic development.



  • Flexible study to suit you
  • Most modules available in English or Welsh
  • Research methods modules and opportunities to undertake small scale research prior to your independent research project
  • One-to-one contact with your thesis supervisor
  • The opportunity to dovetail your setting’s developmental needs with your own research and so impact upon improvement while you study
  • High levels of academic support and challenge

A range of assessment processes apply to the taught modules including presentations, blog posts, video-based and written assignments.

Part 2 is assessed via a 60,000 word work-based research project and viva voce examination.

Ideally, you will be working in an educational or education-related setting and already hold a Master’s degree; however candidates with some level 7 study and considerable leadership experience are also encouraged to apply. 

The programme is aimed, in the main, at those already in employment.  However, it will enhance and promote further progress in students’ careers and career opportunities. The strong analytical and transferable skills embedded in the programme will be valued by a range of career routes and occupational areas within the broad educational context.

With a specific focus on developing higher order research, analysis and evaluation skills, the Ed D will provide its students with a strong set of critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills. The new professional standards for the education sector suggest that such skills are increasingly in demand across this field of employment.

The fees are as follows:

Home students

International students

For fee information for other start dates please contact the programme leader.  

Applicants whose native language is not English or Welsh will be required to provide evidence of competence in the English or Welsh language sufficient for research study, as per the expectations set out in the Academic Quality Handbook (AQH) at the time of application. International student applications will be processed as outlined in the UWTSD Admissions Policy at the time of application.

All compulsory modules are available bilingually. Where there are sufficient numbers, according to the requirements established by academic office at the time, to run English and Welsh medium cohorts for the compulsory modules, this will take place.

Where the module is not available bilingually students are supported to undertake assessments in Welsh where preferred. The thesis stage of the programme is offered through Welsh or English.