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Institute of Education Edd

Institute of Education Edd

Education EdD

Before you apply for a doctoral programme, you should make contact with a potential supervisor: see guidance and find a supervisor.

The EdD is a research degree for experienced professionals from education and related fields who would like to extend their professional understanding and develop skills in research, evaluation and high-level reflection on practice. The student cohort provides an important element of the programme.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Part time: 4-7 years
Tuition Fees (2017/18)
N/A (FT) £3,285 (PT)
N/A (FT) £7,785 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry Requirement


Research undertaken on the EdD programme can be based in any area in education, subject to the applicant being able to identify a suitable research supervisor within UCL Institute of Education (IOE). Potential candidates are advised to explore UCL IRIS and the IOE department and centre list to identify an appropriate supervisor before submitting an application.

Research areas

Each EdD student is based within one of the six IOE departments depending on where the proposed research supervisor (nominated and approached by the candidate before application) is located:

Degree structure

Taught element

Students work with tutors and EdD students in developing professional understanding and insight and research skills.

The taught element consists of three assessed taught courses:

  • Foundations of Professionalism in Education
  • Methods of Enquiry 1
  • Methods of Enquiry 2

and a Specialist Research Course (non-assessed), drawn from the Centre for Doctoral Education’s Advanced Research Training Programme and the UCL Doctoral Training Programme.The IFS is unique to the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) EdD programme. It enables students to study an institution or organisation concerned with educational provision, organisation and support and with which students are professionally connected, under the supervision of an Institute of Education staff member.

The thesis, about 45,000 words in length, will make a distinct contribution to the knowledge in the field of study and afford evidence of originality and a capacity for autonomous research. The thesis usually relates to the IFS and the work carried out in the taught part of the programme. We provide support through meetings with your specialist supervisor and regular thesis workshops.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


EdD graduates are currently working as teachers, university and college lecturers and researchers, college principals and directors, policy analysts and education consultants.

Recent career destinations for this degree
  • Lead Teacher for Research, Sedgehill School
  • Lecturer, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham
  • Secondary School Head Teacher, Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School
  • Associate Lecturer, University of Chichester
  • Primary School Class Teacher, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Research undertaken at UCL Institute of Education will help students build connections between education and other related areas, such as economic and social status, employment, health and welfare, child development and families. In searching out answers to major questions and looking for solutions to fundamental social issues, our students will develop careers which have a direct bearing on all members of society.


You will be able to share information about your research interests via your own research page on the IOE website.

The Doctoral School Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) pages provide a noticeboard of current events and opportunities. Our website also provides information about IOE facilities, training courses, conferences and other events, and advice on applying to study at the IOE.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The IOE EdD programme has been running since 1996. This is one of the longest-running EdD programmes within the UK and consistently recruits the largest EdD cohort in the country, granting our EdD students access to a unique selection of fellow education practitioners to work with during the programme.

Based within an education institute with an exceptional reputation for high-quality research we offer access to a very experienced and well-regarded EdD programme team. In addition, each EdD student will work with a research supervisor.

Department: Institute of Education

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Education
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines
All applicants
28 July 2017

Before you apply for the EdD programme, you should make contact with a potential supervisor: see guidance and find a supervisor.

In addition to the online application, applicants should also provide a 2,000-word statement summarising the research they would like to conduct if admitted to the EdD programme, stating how they feel the programme would enhance their professional development.

All students will be interviewed by the programme leader and potential supervisor before being offered a place on the EdD programme. Interviews usually happen within six weeks of the complete application (with all requested documents) being received. The EdD has a rolling application process so early application is advised if a place is to be secured for the coming academic year.

For more information see our Applications page.

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