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Doctorate in Education (EdD)

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 will equip education professionals 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.

As well as the flexible route, comprising of face to face and distance learning, there is a wholly distance learning route suitable for learners outside the UK. Furthermore, you will be supported throughout by a highly respected team of practitioners and academic staff.

Tuition Fees 2021/22:

Reasons to study Doctorate in Education

  • Flexible study to suit you, including new distance learning pathway with high levels of academic support and challenge
  • 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

‘The most successful education systems... invest in developing their teachers as reflective, accomplished and enquiring professionals who have the capacity to engage fully with the complexities of education and to be key actors in shaping and leading educational change.’ (Donaldson, 2011)

What you will learn

Course Overview

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. As well as this flexible route there is also an entirely distance learning route for overseas learners.

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.

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.

Module Topics

Part 1

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

  • Exploring Contemporary Issues in Education 1: Policy Review and Critical Analysis
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Education

In the second year you will study two compulsory modules ‘Writing a Critical Literature Review in Education’ followed by 'Research Design and Management in Education'. These modules support you to develop a critical understanding of your chosen area of research and deepen your research design skills.

The third year involves one practical research development module (your own small-scale research project):

  • Exploring Contemporary Issues in Education 2: Applying critical skills, contributing to knowledge, leading improvement.

Part 2

The second part of the programme comprises 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.


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.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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