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EdD - The Sheffield EdD

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

This course will help you develop your own high standards of research that can be applied to a range of professional and managerial careers. You can study from anywhere at any time and share experiences with fellow students.
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Course description

The Sheffield EdD is a vibrant and successful distance learning programme which attracts students from all over the world. The programme is based on a structure of study weekends, so you can study from anywhere at any time and also share experiences with fellow students at the weekend study schools. The main aim of the programme is that students develop their own high standards of research that will be relevant to a range of professional and managerial careers.

The EdD is divided into two Parts; Part 1 is the taught element of the course and runs over two years while Part 2 is the research component. In Part 1 students undertake modules which focus on research training in preparation for Part 2. In Part 2 students undertake an independent study in an area of their choice, under the supervision of their own personal supervisor.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

How to apply

1. You'll need to provide a short personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. This should explain your reasons for applying for the programme and indicate how your work will relate to one of our research clusters or networks. We are also keen to hear about your exisiting research skills and experiences. The statement should be succinct and tightly structured.

2. You'll also need to provide a piece of writing of approximately 2,000 words that you have produced. This could be:

  • a short extract from a longer piece of your academic writing (for example a masters thesis or published journal article)
  • an extract 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 Times Higher Education (THE), The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), Union Magazine.
  • a proposal for your study, providing a rationale for your focus and your initial ideas for a methodology

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.

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Core modules

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4 to 6 years part-time

Entry requirements

You should hold both a bachelor’s degree (normally first or second class honours or equivalent) and an appropriate masters degree, or equivalent.

You should also have a minimum of two years’ professional experience within a relevant field.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Staff from the University of Sheffield applying for the EdD do not pay fees for Part 2 of the programme (the research component). More information for staff candidates (requires University login).


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.