EdD Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (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 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.

This part-time programme entails a number of intensive weekend periods of study (up to seven per year) conducted at our Dubai Centre. The modules are taught in Dubai by lecturers from the Graduate School of Education. Excellent classroom facilities and library facilities are available as well as support from two local tutors who provide academic support in the form of group and individual tutorials. The remainder of the course will involve distance learning and individual study.

Doctoral students attend five modules during the first two years, after this they conduct their research project for the thesis.  Blended learning and online facilities are available to help you finish your degree in good time.

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 EdD TESOL programme is divided into two phases:

Phase 1 (pre-thesis)

Part 1 of the programme consists of six modules, delivered through a combination of lectures, personal study, and reflective discussion amongst peers. It is equivalent to 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study.

All students will complete the following shared core modules:

EEDD041 Educational Research: Theory and Practice-Part 1 30
EEDD042 Educational Research: Theory and Practice-Part 2 30
EEDD043 Perspectives on Professionalism 30
EEDD040 Research Networking 30

In addition shared core modules, you will also take the following 'special field' modules:

EEDD044 Critical Issues in Teaching English 30
EEDD045 TESOL Classrooms and Pedagogy: Theory and Practice 30

In this phase you are guided through various readings and assessed assignments which allow for professional networking and collaborative learning, and which give you the opportunity to:

  • explore the theoretical, historical and policy contexts in which your professional work is set, as well as the ways in which these contexts impact upon current practices in your professional field
  • explore research methodologies that may inform your research in phase 2
  • reflect critically upon your own professional practice, before embarking on the research phase

Stage 2 (thesis)

This is the research phase of the degree. In this phase you will undertake properly informed and ethical research within educational settings (which may include your own workplace) and produce a doctoral dissertation.

EEDD039 Thesis for the Doctor of Education 360

The thesis of approximately 50,000 words is expected to demonstrate a deep knowledge of the research process at doctoral level, including ethical dimensions and the selection and defence of an appropriate methodological approach; and to make an original contribution to (professional) knowledge. Two supervisors are nominated for research supervision and a mentor is also allocated to each student.

The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community. It helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries.

During the pre-thesis phase, you are required to attend intensive teaching weekends held at Dubai Knowledge Village.

During the research phase attendance becomes optional but is still strongly advised (whether in Dubai or in Exeter) as they allow for professional networking and collaborative learning through pre-arranged workshops and lectures that will assist you with your dissertation work.