Gain the skills and understanding to become a strategic leader in higher education

The University of Liverpool’s online Doctorate in Education – Higher Education (EdD) focuses on the latest practice, research, and leadership thinking in higher education, with an emphasis on universities. And because it is 100% online, you can continue working while you study.

This online doctorate encourages a deep understanding of the role of universities as places of learning and as learning institutions, from a global perspective, allowing you to apply research-based knowledge and critical thinking in practical contexts around the world. The doctorate is designed to be completed 100% online, though students can choose to engage face-to-face with academics during optional residencies on campus in Liverpool.

The online EdD programme promotes the development of visionary leaders as drivers of innovation in education, through a ground-breaking holistic approach. You will advance through increasing levels of complex analysis, with all taught modules linked by common themes – such as leadership and personal impact, collaborative learning and practitioner research.


Global Impact of Higher Education

Clare Pickles, Tutor
These videos show Clare talking to her students about global higher education issues.



Why choose the University of Liverpool Online Doctorate in Education – Higher Education?

  • Develop confidence as a leader who knows how to make a real difference within higher education environments
  • Advance as a higher education professional who combines deep research knowledge with incisive practical understanding
  • Learn to effectively operate across professional disciplines in our international collaborative learning model
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of intercultural dynamics and learn to leverage that understanding into networking opportunities with your work colleagues.
  • Choose to take up an optional residency, studying on campus in Liverpool for a short period

Doctorate in Education – Higher Education highlights

  • 100% online programme - fit your studies around your working life
  • Acquire advanced knowledge and understanding that have immediate application to your own practice
  • Develop a truly international perspective on the role of higher education institutions in today’s global economy
  • Learn in an online environment that will help keep you motivated and on track to succeed
  • Develop sought-after and transferable skills suitable for a wide range of higher education roles in diverse settings
  • Receive on-going support from doctoral mentors, guiding your individual development

A reputation for excellence

The Doctorate in Education – Higher Education is delivered by the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, which has a strong reputation for educational development.

The University of Liverpool is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and is a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-led universities which includes the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.


The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Some career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond successful completion of the above-mentioned online degree programmes.

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Meet our students and graduates

See what they have to say about our online EdD programme:

"This process has increased my self-esteem and belief in my abilities as a student in reaching my goals. One of the best decisions I ever made."
"It is challenging, exciting and tremendous fun."
"For completely online EdD studies, there is no "university brand" which enjoys the legitimacy that the University of Liverpool does."
"You get the benefits of online learning (flexibility, student diversity, excellent research tools) while getting a University of Liverpool education. It's a win-win situation!"
"The future of education is one of my passions and the programme structure and content matches my philosophy of education."
"I enjoy the asynchronous learning environment as it allows me to work and study at the same time."
"Every day is a fantastic experience and I feel privileged to be part of this global academic community."
"I found the online option very interesting as it allowed me to mix professional life with being a student again."
90% of University of Liverpool online alumni say they are likely to recommend the University to others*

* Results gathered by the University of Liverpool in 2014 from 533 online alumni who responded to our survey (10% of those contacted).