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The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) is a doctoral level programme for anyone involved in an educative role within a professional discipline. Its focus is on the ways in which learning can be understood and might be developed in a professional context. It provides a fantastic opportunity for anyone working in education – whether it be in schools, colleges, HE institutions, or as an education professional within a private or public sector organisation – to explore their work at a deep level, leading to the award of Doctor in Education.


Programme leader Nick Pratt talks about the features of the Professional Doctorate in Education

​Programme highlights

  • A clear focus on the nature of professional practice
  • Strong emphasis on leading learning and/or professional development in any organisation
  • Work friendly patterns of study within a supportive cohort of professional colleagues


Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a masters degree. Applicants should normally be working in a professional context where they are responsible for supporting learning. However all applications will be considered on an individual basis.  Please see detailed entry requirements for more information.

'There is no doubt the EdD equips educational professionals who wish to carry out research and development at the highest level. As a result of the enterprise support I receive at the University I have already been invited to work on collaborative projects within the private sector and other universities.'

Robin Derges, EdD student

​​Distinctive features

  • It is open to anyone from a professional discipline and draws its strength from this diversity by being able to compare the interrelationships between policy and practice across more than one area.
  • It is studied part-time and offers the support of working in a structured manner and with a cohort of peers from a range of professional practices. It is therefore ideal for those who are juggling study with a busy professional life.
  • It is carefully organised so that in the modular stage there is considerable structure, but with the opportunity to develop this thinking in a range of directions at the thesis stage.
  • The way we assess your work is through a carefully constructed set of assignments which gradually and supportively induct you into a research community.
  • The programme is taught in the brand new, purpose-built Rolle building on the thriving Plymouth campus. It is taught by a team of staff with a long history of excellence in professional development and offers you the opportunity to join an active research network in the Faculty.