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Doctorate in Education (EdD) (2024 Entry)

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Find out more about our Doctorate in Education.

Education Studies at Warwick includes three overarching strands: Learning, Society and Cultures. These strands group academics with a shared interest in educational research and scholarship, providing a space for meaningful and multi-disciplinary collaborations across the Department and beyond.

The Department’s ethos is that educational research and scholarship exist to find solutions to questions of ‘what works’ in terms of policy and practice, but also to problematise existing policy and practice by posing new questions about the purposes and the future of education, in the UK and globally. The University of Warwick's Doctorate in Education welcomes world-class applicants with a commitment to educational research and challenge. The Department of Education Studies was ranked 6th in the UK for Education (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022).

Course overview

The Doctorate in Education is aimed at professionals who have several years’ experience in the education sector. We welcome students from all backgrounds and educational roles and settings. You might be a teacher, lecturer, educational leader, or in a specialist role enhancing educational provision. The focus is on professional issues and is available as a part-time course to complete alongside your work. The programme is a combination of foundation and advanced research methods, and optional modules within Education Studies. Then you will complete a 50,000-word thesis with the guidance of a specialist supervisor. You may be eligible to use your previous studies as accredited prior learning towards this course.

Teaching and learning

You will complete four Education Studies modules of your choice as well as two advanced research methods modules before moving on to the thesis. Depending on the modules you select, sessions consist of presentations, group discussions, case studies and self-study.

Assessment types vary depending on modules selected but may be a mixture of assignments and oral presentations. The final thesis is a written thesis which is then assessed in an oral examination.

Specific departmental guidance is available on preparing applications to the Department of Education Studies and on Preparing a Research Proposal.

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

A 2:1 undergraduate honours degree and at least two years' professional experience in any educational setting. Applications from those without a good honours degree but with substantial professional experience will be considered.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • With a minimum of 6.5 in the Writing component.

Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Our main research themes are:


  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Early years’ education
  • Philosophy of mind and thought
  • Educational leadership and development


  • Drama and theatre education
  • Creative and arts-based learning
  • Sociology of arts and religion
  • Modern Islamic pedagogies


  • Education inequalities and social justice
  • Sociologies of childhood and fatherhood
  • Education policy
  • Feminist and gender pedagogy
  • Higher education
  • International development

Full details of our research interests are listed on the Education Studies web pagesLink opens in a new window.

You can also read our general University research proposal guidance.

Find a supervisor

It is advisable to locate a potential supervisor using the link below and to discuss with them the area you'd like to research.

We have over 20 full-time academic staff members with many research strengths who could be your supervisors. Explore our Staff Research Directory where you will be able to filter by research interests. Co-supervision with other Departments may be possible.

You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.Link opens in a new window

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Find your research course fees

Fee Status Guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students will be classified as Home or Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad.

For departmental specific costs, please see the Modules tab on the course web page for the list of core and optional core modules with hyperlinks to our Module Catalogue (please visit the Department’s website if the Module Catalogue hyperlinks are not provided).

Associated costs can be found on the Study tab for each module listed in the Module Catalogue (please note most of the module content applies to 2022/23 year of study). Information about module department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

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Education Studies

What does it mean to study and research Education?

Education provides us with an essential foundation for a fulfilling life in a thriving and equitable society – it underpins how we act and see the world and is the engine of social and cultural change and reproduction.

Education gives the basis for innovation in thought, culture and technology; it nurtures a sense of citizenship and social participation; it underpins our political and economic robustness; and is the foundation of the knowledge and skills that society shares.

Education is fundamentally about human development, knowledge and social justice. Education is something that everyone experiences: it is life-long and society wide; it is local as well as global; it takes place in the home, in prisons, in refugee centres, in places of worship, in the workplace, on the sports field, in the theatre, in the pub as well as in the classroom.

Education, like Politics, is inherently interdisciplinary – it is an applied field of study which draws on a range of disciplines including: sociology, psychology, history and philosophy. It is necessarily pluralist and eclectic, drawing upon a range of theoretical, conceptual and methodological perspectives.

Therefore, in studying and researching Education we work to understand the fundamental questions about why we educate, how we educate, who we educate and what purpose education serves.

Find out more about us on our website.

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How to apply

The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.

For research courses that start in September and October 2024 the application deadline for students who require a visa to study in the UK is 2 August 2024. This should allow sufficient time to complete the admissions process and to obtain a visa to study in the UK.

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