Doctor of Education (EdD) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in Dubai


The modules are taught at Dubai Knowledge Village by lecturers from the Graduate School of Education.


The EdD TESOL pathway in Dubai is only available as a part-time study option, allows up to seven years to complete, you will need to aim to submit the thesis for examination by the end of your sixth year of part-time study in order to allow for examination, corrections and completion.

The next intake for the part-time EdD TESOL in Dubai is October 2017. Apply here.


The EdD is a ‘Professional Doctorate’ which is equivalent in level to a PhD, but includes a modular phase as well as the thesis. It is particularly suited to professionals who aim to link research closely with their existing professional practice. The PhD is more suited to those planning to become professional researchers.

The EdD TESOL aims to provide experienced senior professionals within the field of language teaching with an opportunity to study at advanced level for a doctoral degree by means of a taught programme plus a thesis. The course involves an in-depth examination of issues related to language learning and teaching and language teacher education. It also provides a solid grounding in research methodology appropriate for undertaking research at doctoral level within these fields.

We are committed to and actively engaged in undertaking research into a number of different aspects of TESOL and our students have published in a wide variety of journals. The programme attracts ELT professionals residing in the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Region. We currently have students from Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Japan doing their doctorate with us.

The programme is divided into two 'phases'. The first ‘pre-thesis phase’ (equivalent to 2 years of part-time study) offers specialist research-led modules which provide access to current thinking about key issues pertaining to research in your professional field and provide the opportunity to reflect on and experiment with new concepts and ideas, professional understandings of practice, and research skills within a challenging research environment amidst a supportive community of peers. This is followed by a ‘thesis phase’ (equivalent to 4 years of part-time study) in which you complete a thesis that makes a substantial contribution to knowledge and/or practice within a professional field.

The programme recognises the particular needs, interests and policy contexts of students who are also professionals in their own right, and is flexibly organised to enable doctoral level study alongside existing work commitments. Students are also encouraged to visit the Exeter campus whenever possible to attend a module or use our educational facilities and meet with tutors.

The EdD TESOL is licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai. More information on the KHDA can be found here.

The maximum period of study is 7 years part time. There is no minimum period of study, but you may not progress to the thesis phase, or submit a thesis for examination, without first having gained the required credits for the pre-thesis phase.


Dr Salah Troudi


Congratulations to our EdD TESOL Graduates, pictured with their supervisors.
From left to right: Amal Ahmed Mohamed (Sudan), Professor Debra Myhill, Rosinah Mokotedi (Botswana), Ziad Hadla (Lebanon), Peter Stanfield (UK), Mahir Ahmed Abdelgadir: (Sudan), Dr Salah Troudi.