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Doctor of Education (EdD)

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Doctor of Education (EdD)


About the course

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline.

The EdD programme is designed to equip students with skills in educational research and scholarship that enables each student to produce an original piece of practice-based educational research of doctoral standard.  This means that every graduate from the programme, by the time they have graduated, will have produced a thesis, elements of which, at least, will be of publishable standard in good quality peer reviewed journals.  Furthermore, the work will have real value for addressing a practical educational problem.  This approach means that graduates will emerge from the programme with advanced research skills that complement their existing professional expertise.

Each student will be a member of a cohort comprising a maximum of 10 students who will be recruited at the same point and will follow the entire course at the same pace. This cohort model is intended to facilitate a sense of group identity and create opportunities for peer assisted active/cooperative learning and collaborative study. There will be six weekend study schools (Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon) in the first and second years of the programme (two per term) with the number reducing to three per year for years 3, 4 and 5.  The reduction in number reflects the shift in emphasis towards an increasingly individualised approach to student learning through a growing emphasis on individual/personalised supervision as students focus on their respective theses from Year 3. During the first two years, weekend study schools will be divided between taught group sessions (96 hours) and individual mentoring/supervision (24 hours). Annual Summer* schools for each year will be organised over four days and incorporate half day and evening activities.

* Note: In the event a cohort begins in January each reference to Summer school will be replaced by reference to Winter school


The main aims of this programme are to enable students to:
  • develop research skills and knowledge relevant to the study of educational practice
  • reflect critically on their own professional practice
  • read, interpret, evaluate, conduct and disseminate research that is relevant to and has the potential to impact on their professional development and workplace practice
  • undertake doctoral level research and meet the requirements of rigour and originality


All research degrees are administered by the Postgraduate Research Programmes Office in Colleges. Once you have identified your area of research and a potential supervisor, you can complete your application online. Please use the contact details below for enquiries. You may also approach your potential supervisor directly.

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Tel: +44 (0) 1895 267051

Special Features

Brunel University London REF2014 Submission: Education

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The results of the REF2014 have been made public in December 2014, replacing the previous REF conducted in 2008.  The next REF will be undertaken in 2020.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 - A Guide for PhD Students

Facts and Figures

Brunel University London REF2014 Submission:


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The results of the REF2014 have been made public in December 2014, replacing the previous REF conducted in 2008.  The next REF will be undertaken in 2020.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 - A Guide for PhD Students

Teaching and Assessment


Every EdD student will have a supervisory team assigned at the start of their registration. During the first two years of study (the ART taught component) their role will be to guide and mentor students (since they do not necessarily join the programme with a pre-determined idea of their proposed research topic) toward successful completion of their Professional Contextualised Study and then they will supervise the research for the thesis from Year 3 onward. EdD Principal Supervisors have particular expertise in the student’s thesis topic and chosen research methods.  Second Supervisors will have expertise in the student’s topic and/or chosen research methods.  The division of labour between the Principal and Second Supervisor is determined by the particular needs of the student.  Whilst the Principal and Second Supervisors focus on students’ research and the development of the thesis, the Research Development Advisors’ role is to provide broader support for the students’ career development as a researcher.

Individual supervision meetings will take place during study schools and at other times determined by mutual arrangement between student and supervisors.  It is normally expected that part time EdD PGR students should meet for a formally recorded meeting with their supervisor(s) at least once every six to eight weeks.  Each student is required to meet with the entire supervisory team at least once per term.

Fees for 2016/17 entry

Fees per year for 2016/17

Home/EU students

Part time: £2,060

International students

Full time: £7700

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Criteria 2016/17

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. 

All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Find out which alternative English language qualifications we accept. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support.

The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.

DBS will be required by those students who conduct their research in school or other settings with children and young people. In addition, a declaration has to be made by the students in line with the Childcare Act for those researching with children under the age of 8.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.