Psychology and Human Development EdD

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
4 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 22 Jul 2022

Applications open

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. To be invited for interview, applicants must have a principal supervisor confirmed before the application closing date.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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

For this programme, please contact our UCL Graduate Admissions team by calling +44 (0)20 3370 1216 or emailing

About this degree

Research undertaken on the EdD programme can be based in any area of education, subject to the applicant being able to identify suitable principal and subsidiary supervisors within UCL Institute of Education(IOE). Potential candidates should explore UCL IRIS and the IOE department and centre list to identify appropriate supervisors before submitting an application. Applications submitted without agreement from a principal supervisor from within Psychology and Human Development cannot be considered.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

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. It is based at the IOE, rated number one for Education in the QS world rankings by subject for eight consecutive years.

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 both a principal and subsidiary research supervisor.

We offer a flexible design for the taught modules, comprising 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.

The foundation of your career

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, medicine, 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. Through their research, students will make a contribution to both professional and academic knowledge


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


You can share information about your research interests via your own research page on the IOE website. The Doctoral School Virtual Learning Environment noticeboard outlines 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. The induction and UCL Doctoral School welcome events provide the foundation-stone to networking opportunities and to the research community. These events support the development of the EdD cohort identity irrespective of which department you have applied to.

Teaching and learning

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 modules:

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

and an assessed portfolio reflective statement.

In addition, students should complete at least two research courses (non-assessed), drawn from the Centre for Doctoral Education's Advanced Research Training Programme and the UCL Doctoral Training Programme.

The Institution Focused Study (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 guidance of the student's research supervisors. Supplementary support is provided through the eight compulsory IFS workshops in years 2-3. The IFS is the transition phase between taught modules and thesis phase. The IFS is submitted as a 20,000 word research report.

The thesis, (no more than 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 supervisors and regular thesis workshops. The thesis is submitted between years 4-7.

There are two main modes of delivery for each taught module on the EdD - an intense week (face-to-face) or three weekends a term which can be taken face-to-face, blended, or online. EdD students can move between these modes termly.  In term 1, attendance at the one-day Doctoral School Welcome event/EdD specific induction is expected and this is combined with the first two days of the first module, i.e. attendance would be anticipated for all students on Friday, Saturday and Monday for the first module commencing at the end of September. Dates for the next academic year are available on request.

Research areas and structure

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

You will apply for Psychology and Human Development if your confirmed principal supervisor is located within the department of Psychology and Human Development.

Research environment

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for research in education and related social sciences. We host the UK's largest doctoral cohort in these areas. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021), the Institute was ranked first for education for the eighth year running, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Cambridge. In the UK's recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), we topped the league tables for education research, with more world-leading researchers in education than any other UK University. We attract research funding of over £20 million each year, hosting many prestigious research centres and projects.

As a research student in the department, you can participate in the seminars organised by department research centres or according to interest groups.


EdD is only available as a part-time programme. Students are required to be in employment in an educationally related field.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £3,790
Tuition fees (2022/23) £9,370

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their IFS and/or thesis.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

It is appropriate for EdD students to apply for full or partial funding from their employers. EdD students are usually eligible to apply for the UK Doctoral Loan scheme

Doctoral Loans are available to UK nationals and UK residents (information available at

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

Next steps

Before you apply for the EdD you should contact a potential principal supervisor: see guidance and find a supervisor. Applications will not be considered without agreement and confirmation of a principal supervisor.

Applicants should provide a 2,000 word research proposal summarising their proposed research should they be admitted to the EdD, stating how the programme would enhance their professional development. 

All students are interviewed by the programme leader and potential principal supervisor before being offered a place on the EdD. Interviews usually happen within six weeks of the complete application 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. Potential supervisors may not be available in July and August. Therefore securing a principal supervisor before July is strongly advised.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021