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At the start of their EdD students plan out a programme of research training.  Research methods sessions take place on Thursday evenings and some Saturday mornings. Many of these will reflect an emphasis on methods likely to be used by practitioner researchers. In the third, fourth and fifth years there will be three or four sessions per year on topics appropriate to that stage of the EdD, such as writing up, disseminating research and preparing for the viva.

Throughout the EdD, students will also attend specially tailored sessions with their chosen EdD research community, as well as one-to-one supervisions. They are encouraged to attend workshops and seminars offered for EdD and PhD students.


One to one supervision

Students are entitled to six hours of supervision per year (one-to-one).

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.


In the first two years, students will be encouraged to submit draft pieces of writing for formative written feedback from their supervisor. Following the registration viva (usually around the end of the second year) students receive written feedback from their advisor and a second independent assessor. Throughout the EdD, formative feedback is provided through supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which can be viewed by the student via the Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System.



The word limit for the EdD thesis is 80,000 words, excluding appendices, footnotes, reference list and bibliography. All students must attend a viva (oral examination).


Around the end of the second year, a formal assessment of progress will be made. Students submit a registration portfolio (10,000 words) and attend a registration viva. Students will only be formally registered for the EdD when they have passed their registration viva and completed any corrections to their registration portfolio as required by the assessors.

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Key Information

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Education

Faculty of Education


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
March 31, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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