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Duration: 4 Years|Hope Park|Start month: November & February
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


The Doctor of Education (EdD) has been specifically designed to meet the needs of educational professionals in teaching, management or administration in a range of sectors. Students recruited to the programme come from occupations such as teaching, advisory roles, police work, social work and in the health sector, and often but not always hold senior positions. Common to them all is a desire to pursue an area of research related to and drawing on their professional work, and with the aim of creating new knowledge, applications and understanding that will bring both personal benefits and for the wider professional community.

There is a strong emphasis on individualised learning and personal critical reflection related to professional identities, values and contexts. The programme provides a structured environment in which students engage at an advanced level with a range of academic and professional issues relevant to their own practice. The learning and teaching strategy seeks to develop the three key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical and self-reflexive analysis integrating academic and professional considerations.

The programme is divided into two parts. In the first of these, students undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each). This is followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits), which forms a good foundation for the supervised thesis in part 2, on a research question broadly related to professional practice.

Curriculum Overview

Part 1 - Year 1

  • Engaging with Research - Knowledge, Truth and Values in Research
  • Yourself as Researcher - Professional Identity and Values
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Research Proposal

Part 1 - Year 2

  • Engaging with Research - Research, Policy and Practice
  • Yourself as Researcher - Practitioner Research in Context
  • Research Skills and Methods (continued)
  • Research Proposal (continued)

Part 2 - Years 3 & 4

  • Dissertation phase
  • 50-60,000 word dissertation to submit

Entry Requirements

Applicants normally are expected to hold a Masters degree in Education or a related academic subject at Merit or Distinction level and will be required to have at least three years experience in a professional area.

If they do not possess a Masters degree, they may still be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate programme only, provided that they hold a good Honours degree (normally a First) in a relevant discipline and can demonstrate evidence of professional leadership in an education or related area. They may also be asked to submit a piece of writing demonstrating a critical understanding of contemporary issues in their field, and an ability to undertake research at doctoral level.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

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