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Doctor of Education (EdD) - Fast Track


18 months



UK / International



Course Overview

The Doctor of Education (“EdD”) is a 120 ECTS credits (240 UK credits) programme. It allows students to achieve a doctoral award from VERN University, Croatia. The programme is managed by IBES.

The Doctor of Education programme equips senior education practitioners and high-potential individuals with both knowledge as well as the applied and research skills needed to become executive-level organisational leaders, industry innovators, consultants, and policymakers. Students ethically address complex and practical education-related challenges and learn how to transform education management practices to create organisational relevance, advancement, growth, and sustainability.

This holistic programme aligns applied scholarly research with professional practices and provides the opportunity to theoretically learn and reflect on activities and practices to be applied in a professional context.

Awards to be conferred

  • Doctor of Education (EdD) from VERN’ University: View sample certificate

  • IBES and VERN’ University Joint Transcript: View sample transcript

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Knowledge and skills to apply educational organisational theories, management skills, leadership strategies, and data research to transform organisations.

  • Use self-evaluation, reflection, feedback and developments in theories and evidence-based practices to improve their ethical business practice in a variety of contexts.

  • Communicate key education issues effectively and creatively using numerical, graphical, oral and written skills.

  • Ability to select, interpret, and apply theories, models and research to address a variety of compelling and complex issues in education.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in applying a systematic, vigorous research methodologies, design and process when undertaking original research and presenting the thesis in a scholarly manner.

Entry Requirements

A Master’s degree in any field; or
Other qualifications recognised as equivalent to a Master’s degree; and
Demonstrate English language proficiency in order to participate in the programme taught in English.

Modules Covered 

Stage 1 – Thesis Preparation

Student must undertake a Business Research Methodology module prior to commencing their thesis research or be exempted from it should students have already undertaken a similar or equivalent Research Methodology module prior to enrolling on to the programme.

Following the Research Methodology module students have up to three months to submit a Thesis Proposal for grading and approval before progressing to Stage 2.

A supervisor will be assigned to a student who, under the guidance of the supervisor, shall continue to work towards completing the Final Thesis.

Stage 1 should be completed not more than 4 months.

Stage 2 – Thesis Proposal Approval, Research and Documentation

Stage 2 commences once the Thesis Proposal has been approved and graded and should be completed within 12-18 months. A supervisor will be assigned to a student who, under the guidance of the supervisor, shall continue to work towards completing the Final Thesis.

Stage 3 – Oral Defence of Thesis

Once a final check by the supervisor has been undertaken to confirm that a candidate’s work has met the minimum prescribed standard and first and second marked, a Viva will be organized, conducted and chaired by the Chairperson of the viva Panel. This will normally be scheduled 2 – 3 weeks after both the first and second markings have been completed.

Thesis preparation and Thesis Proposal of 4,500 – 5,000 words (25% of the marks)

Final Thesis of 40,000 – 45,000 words (75% of the marks)

Intake Dates

January, March, June, September

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