Education: Learning, Leadership and Policy
The EdD programme, which carries the same academic status as a PhD, is designed for ambitious, mid-career education professionals in a range of settings, including schools, further education and higher education, whose work requires them to have a high level of research capability.
You can study at your own pace (full or part-time) with our modular programme of units taught in Bristol. Teaching is conducted by the distinguished academics at the University's School of Education, who are experts with international reputations for research in their field.
The programme attracts high-achieving participants interested in a wide range of aspects of teaching, learning, leadership, management, policy and evaluation. It has recently been updated and restructured to provide a coherent and structured learning experience that supports students in becoming independent researchers.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our EdD in Learning, Leadership and Policy.
An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) is normally required; a master's degree, normally at merit level (or equivalent qualification); and normally at least three years' appropriate professional experience (for example, employment in organisations that have an educational function or roles related to any aspect of education, training or individual learning).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £4,758 per year
- UK: part-time
- £2,379 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £20,700 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
- equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in your chosen field;
- visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative;
- high ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice;
- highly employable throughout the world;
- adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.
The overarching mission of the School of Education is to develop learning and leadership for a changing world through research and teaching that promotes achievement, opportunity and social justice. The aim is to build intellectual and practical leadership among policymakers, practitioners, students and the wider research community, which is urgently required to enable education to adapt and thrive in a time of rapid local and global change.
Research in the school is concentrated into five main areas of inquiry and expertise within these five research centres:
- Centre for Higher Education Transformations
- Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education
- Centre for Multilevel Modelling
- Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education
- Centre for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
As a doctoral student you will join one of the research centres associated with these key areas of research and work with staff and other doctoral students who have similar research interests. Please see the School of Education research centres and networks for more information.