About this research graduate course
The Doctorate in Education is aimed at professionals who have several years’ experience in the education sector. The focus is on professional issues and is available part time 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 (which may include Foundation Research Methods) 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.
General entry requirements
A good honours degree and at least two years' professional experience in an 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 requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- With a minimum of 6.5 in the Writing component.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Our main research themes are:
- Cultural and creative learning
- School leadership and improvement
- Religions and education research
- Life sciences education
- Special needs education
- Disability research
- International development and education
Full details of our research interests are listed on the Education Studies web pages.
Find a supervisor
Find your supervisor using the link below and 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.
You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.
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.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
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. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
Here is our checklist on how to apply for taught postgraduate courses at Warwick.
Here is our checklist on how to apply for research postgraduate degrees at the University of Warwick.