Doctor of Education (EdD) in Bristol

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) stimulates and transforms students' professional thinking and practice, whilst developing a deep understanding of how cutting edge academic research can tackle real-life professional issues.

Over 200 EdD students work in Bristol or Hong Kong as part of the School of Education.

What can the EdD programme offer me?

  • Recognition of prior learning Masters qualification or equivalent;
  • Support in development for a doctoral research proposal as part of the taught units: general ideas accepted at application stage;
  • Rigorous research methods training units (60 D level credits) and opportunities to audit taught units held jointly with PhD students;
  • Further taught units on substantive education topics relevant to the core EdD themes of learning, leadership and policy (80 D level credits)
  • High quality and regular supervision from academic experts in their areas to support a 45,000-word dissertation (300 D level credits),
  • Membership of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership and Bristol Doctoral College;
  • Opportunities to contribute to leadership and governance as a student representative on School and Faculty committees or through convening the School of Education annual doctoral conference;
  • Opportunities to contribute to the organisation of research activities, doctoral support groups, and to join research centres and networks;
  • To be an active member of a research centrenetworks, and/or Faculty-wide research group, through which you can share research ideas with staff and students and will connect to national and international networks;
  • The chance to apply for short term research assistant and teaching assistant roles (after starting the dissertation phase);
  • Professional development and short training courses through the Bristol Doctoral College and the CREATE (Cultivating Research and Teaching Excellence) staff development scheme;
  • Access to a dedicated School library on-site, Faculty and other University libraries;
  • Use of well-equipped, flexible study spaces within the School of Education and wider University; and
  • Your own personal profile page on the University of Bristol website.

Research Supervision

We offer high-quality supervision by internationally recognised scholars, across a range of research areas including educational psychology, education policy, higher education, teaching and learning in schools, professional development, learning in the city, non-formal education, lifelong learning, and assessment. Please refer to our research centres and networks for further information.

Our academic staff include experienced researchers with methodological expertise in advanced quantitative methods, a range of qualitative research methods, and mixed methods.

In 2016/17 we moved to a position of a comparable fee profile to the PhD programme. Students studying on a part-time basis, will be charged on a pro-rata basis of the appropriate full-time fee over six years.

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Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4234

School of Education
University of Bristol
35 Berkeley Square
Bristol, BS8 1JA

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