Course Description

Doctor of Education

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 programme, offered within DCU’s Institute of Education, aims to foster professional development through research as well as meeting the requirements of rigour and originality expected of a doctorate. It includes assessed taught courses, research-focused workshops and supervised original research. It offers participants the opportunity to take modules in and complete a research study in one of the following Areas of Professional Focus:

  • Arts, Creativity and Imagination in Education
  • Assessment, Learning and Teaching
  • Digital Learning
  • Inclusive and Special Education
  • Leadership and Evaluation
  • Religious Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Values Education

Through a strong group dynamic, the intention of the programme is to foster cohort solidarity, develop inter- and intra-personal skills that are critical for teamwork, while simultaneously developing writing, research, critical, analytical, communication, leadership and collaborative skills to the highest possible standards. The intention is to educate an existing emergent educational leadership in the Irish context to the highest possible international standards.

Applications for this programme are now closed. The next intake is August 2022. Please contact to express an interest in the programme. When the application process for the 2022 intake of the programme opens you will automatically be sent an application form.

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CollegeDublin City University (DCU)
Course LocationGlasnevin, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 9
Course CategoryEducation & Teaching
Awarding BodyDublin City University
Awarding Body DetailsDoctor of Education
Entry RequirementsGeneral Entry Requirements Applications for this programme are closed. The next intake is August 2022, beginning with a Summer School on campus in DCU. General Entry Requirements: The minimum entry requirements for the programme is a second class or higher Master's degree (or equivalent) in education or a specific discipline area appropriate for one of the Areas of Professional Focus. All candidates are typically required to have a minimum of five years professional experience or hold a position of responsibility for at least five years related to the chosen Area of Professional Focus. In exceptional circumstances only, candidates for a Professional Doctorate degree who do not meet the stipulated entry requirements based on their cognate degree but who can demonstrate exceptional ability or aptitude for academic research may apply to pursue studies for a research degree. They may base their application on recognition of their accredited or experiential prior learning, in line with University policies in this regard. For further information on this please contact Qualification Postgraduate Research Fees Part time EU Status Fee Part-time In years one and two the fee is €5,500 per annum, in subsequent years the fee reduces to €2,942 per annum, consistent with the postgraduate research student fee structure. Non EU Fee Part time In years one and two the fee is €10,400 per annum, in subsequent years the fee reduces to €6,000 per annum, consistent with the postgraduate research student fee structure.
Carear PathCareer Areas Community based organisations Consultancy Education Government Agencies Health Sector Human Resource Management Industry Non Governmental Organisation The Doctor of Education is intended for experienced professionals who wish to take on leadership roles and make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice in education and related fields.
Phone+353 (0) 1 700 9177
Course CodeDCE49
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