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    The EdD programme, which carries the same status as a PhD, is designed for ambitious, mid-career education and training professionals whose work requires them to have a high level of research capability.

    You can study at your own pace (full- or part-time) with our modular programme of intensive two-and-a-half day units taught in Bristol. Teaching is conducted by the distinguished academics at Bristol's Graduate School of Education - experts with international reputations for research in their field.

    The programme attracts high-achieving participants interested in a wide range of aspects of teaching, learning, linguistics, narrative enquiry, management and policy. It has recently been updated and restructured to provide a coherent and structured learning experience that supports students to become independent researchers.


    The structured programme of seven intensively taught units and a 45,000-word dissertation attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

    You choose between the following pathways:

    Learning, Leadership and Policy
    This pathway provides opportunities for midcareer professionals to develop and extend their professional skills. A comparative approach, across professions, institutions and locations enriches opportunities for mutual learning between students. Units include:

    * Learning
    * Leading Educational Change
    * Educational Policy
    * Comparative Research
    * Leading, Managing and Governing the 21st-Century University
    * Learning and Teaching in the Global University
    * Evaluating Educational Quality and Improvement
    * Research Methods in Learning Leadership and Policy

    TESOL/Applied Linguistics
    This pathway enables English Language teaching professionals to update their knowledge and skills and to prepare themselves for new roles and functions as they develop their careers. Units include:

    * Second Language Pronunciation and Fluency
    * Language and Communication
    * Researching Language Classrooms
    * Testing and Assessment in Language Learning

    Narrative Inquiry
    This pathway explores ethnographic, literary and visual concepts and methods of narrative enquiry. It promotes the development of personal, creative and social enquiry by practioners in professional fields such as education, counselling and therapy, and social work. Units include:

    * Narrative Enquiry
    * Auto-Ethnography
    * Writing as Enquiry
    * Narrative Interviewing
    * Visual Enquiry

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Undergraduate applicants may use UCAS system or Common App (for all courses except medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences). International students may find country-specific admission criteria on the website. For instant, student from Russia with a Certificate of secondary education may be admitted to the Univeristy of Bristol only after foundation/bridging program, while those with International Baccalaureate/A-level degree may apply directly to undergraduate programs.

    Graduate students have to use university's website for application. All documents should be uploaded on this website and the admission decision will also be provided on the website.

    International students should provide English test results in order to apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. University of Bristol accept various tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, CAE/CPE and some others. Language requirements may depend on the type of program: they are typically higher for Art&Humanities and lower for Science programs. For instance, the highest IELTS score required (profile A) for undergraduate and graduate programs is 7.5 (7.0 in each section).

    Program requirements


    An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent); a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in Education; and at least three years appropriate professional experience.

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