Institute of Education


Education EdD

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 2019

Modes and duration

Part time: 4-7 years

The taught courses and Institutional Focused Study (IFS) are completed in the first 3½ years of the programme. The total time to complete depends on the time taken to complete the thesis.

Application dates

All applicants
Close: 26 July 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £3,475 (PT)
Overseas: £8,260 (PT)

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 Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Applicants should have acquired at least four years' full-time experience in a relevant professional area and should normally hold a postgraduate Master’s degree. We require a transcript of the Master's degree.

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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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:

More information can be found on the department website: Education EdD

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 IOE 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.

There are two main modes of delivery for each taught module on the EdD programme.  The intense week/online delivery and the weekend delivery (three Friday/Saturday sessions a term).  EdD students can move between these modes termly.  Dates for the next academic year are available on request.


EdD students often receive funding (partial or fully) from their employers.

Doctoral Loans are available to UK nationals and UK residents (information available at https://www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan).

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE Centenary Doctoral Scholarships

Deadline is 5 April 2019

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.


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.

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.

We offer a flexible design for the taught courses, comprising of both face-to-face and blended/online delivery.  This enables the EdD student to select the delivery at different stages of the programme that best suits their needs.

Department: Institute of Education

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
26 July 2019

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 research proposal 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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