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

Admission Criteria

 All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

All applicants for the degree of Doctor of Education should normally:

  • possess three years’ relevant professional experience
  • be holders of a postgraduate Master’s degree such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Master of Education, (MEd) or a cognate discipline (for information on the equivalence of international qualifications, please see the International Students website) or be able to prove that you have the research skills, vision and motivation to make your research project a success.

Applicants whose first language is not English must, additionally, submit evidence that they have met the University’s requirements of proficiency in English.

If you already have doctoral-level credits or prior professional experience that can be accredited at doctoral level, you may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), which allows you to be exempt from some modules. You may not begin the thesis phase, or submit a thesis for examination, unless you have the necessary credits required for entry to the thesis phase. The maximum number of credits you may APL is 180.

Please include the following with your application:

  • A brief (1000 word) research proposal stating your research interest. It is advisable to include a initial research plan, with reference to appropriate literature and methodology.
  • A brief personal statement explaining your reasons for undertaking the EdD and how it will link with your professional practice
  • At least one reference clarifying your suitability for undertaking doctoral study, eg from a tutor on your Masters degree course, or from a senior professional colleague if the Masters was completed some years ago

Dubai Knowledge Village Code of Conduct

As a condition of its license to operate within Knowledge Village (KV), the Graduate School of Education has been asked by Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) to sign an undertaking in respect of the behaviour of its students while studying in Dubai.

As a student based in Knowledge Village, you will need to bear in mind at all times, the particular cultural sensitivities that you need to demonstrate while you are guests in the United Arab Emirates, and on these premises in particular. We are aware that many of you work and live in the Emirates or other Gulf countries and are therefore familiar with the cultural sensitivities of the region.

If you are accepted on the EdD programme you will be asked to signify your intention to adhere to appropriate behaviour that would not compromise this Code of Conduct by signing an undertaking of agreement.

If you would like further details of the full Code of Conduct, please contact us via our web enquiry form.

If you have any questions, please send them to:

Dr Salah Troudi (
Director EdD TESOL Dubai
Graduate School of Education
University of Exeter