UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

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. Research undertaken on the EdD programme can be based in any area in education, subject to the applicant being able to identify a suitable research supervisor within UCL Institute of Education (IOE). Potential candidates are advised to explore UCL IRIS and the IOE department and centre list to identify an appropriate supervisor before submitting an application. 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. We offer a flexible design for the taught courses, comprising of 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. EdD graduates are currently working as teachers, university and college lecturers and researchers, college principals and directors, policy analysts and education consultants.

Start Date:

The taught courses and Institutional Focused Study (IFS) are completed in the first 3½ years of the programme. The total time to complete depends on the time taken to complete the thesis..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
7 years
Part Time
EdD £3,475 Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
EdD £8,260 Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
EdD £3,475 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?distinction? in all components; overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7.5
  • TOEFL score: 109