Entry requirements

The EdD Programme normally consists of 4 years part-time study. Part I involves 6 modules which take 2-4 years and Part II involves a research thesis produced in 2–4 years. Students pay fees for each year of registration up to year 6. If additional time is taken, fees are not payable in years 7 and 8.


Photograph from EdD weekend

A candidate for the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) degree must:

  • be a graduate of an approved university holding a Bachelor’s degree (normally first or second class Honours or equivalent) and normally holding an appropriate Masters degree or hold such other qualifications as may, on the recommendation of the School, be deemed by Senate to be equivalent to the qualifications previously mentioned.
  • have a minimum of two years’ professional experience within a relevant field and have achieved a minimum standard in IELTS or equivalent of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each section).

For applicants whose first language is not English, or who do not hold appropriate educational qualifications in English, the School requires a minimum standard in IELTS or equivalent of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each section). Candidates are asked to submit a piece of academic/research based writing on application.

How to Apply

Applications are made through our online application form and below you will find details of what will be required when applying.

Personal/Supporting Statement

Additionally, please write a short `personal statement´ in support of your application. This should take the form of a 1,000 –1,500 word reflection on some aspect of education that interests you. It can be written in the first person and could cover:

  • the nature of changes that you have witnessed and experienced.
  • the consequences of these changes for the role you play, for relationships between educators and students and for institutions.
  • your thoughts about these changes and their implications for your working life in the future.
  • Such a personal statement should be succinct and tightly structured.

Please upload your statement to the 'Supporting Statement and Research Proposal' section of the online application form.

Written work in support of your application

As part of your application for the EdD you are asked to supply us with a piece of writing that you have produced on the theme of education. This could be:

  • a short extract (approximately 2,000 words) from a longer piece of your academic writing (for example a masters thesis or published journal article).
  • an extract (approximately 2,000 words) from an analytical document or report that you have written in the course of your professional duties (for example a policy document, a review of practice in education, an internal report written for your institution or employer); or journalism that you have published (for example TES, THES, union magazine – total 2,000 words).
  • You could also make up a portfolio consisting of one or more of these types of documents.

Please upload this piece of writing to the 'Course Supporting Documents' section of the online application form.

You should use this opportunity to give us some insight into your reflective and critical thinking on the education process.

Apply online now

There is no closing date for the programme but we do advise that you apply early in order to avoid disappointment as there is a limit to the number of places available.

Enquiries about our EdD Programmes can be made to:

E: edupgr@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 8177
F: +44 (0)114 222 8105