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Education Doctorate (EdD)

Duration: 4 Years

Overview

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

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.

Applicants must be competent in English as a spoken and written language and all applicants must have a minimum Grade C in GCSE English or equivalent. For international students the minimum English language requirement is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 including 6.0 in reading and writing or TOEFL 560 or equivalent.

Applicant Guide

To apply for postgraduate study you must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as well as any specific requirements for your chosen programme. Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence and other relevant experience, and how closely your research proposal aligns with Liverpool Hope’s key research areas. We will also look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

 

Professional Doctorate [EdD]

Applicants for admission to a programme of study leading to the award of a Professional Doctorate should normally possess:

EITHER a Masters degree at merit or distinction level in a relevant discipline from a UK University;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

AND

Applicants must have at least 3 years' experience of leadership in a professional area relevant to the programme of study. In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate Programme only. As such they will be admitted for a Professional Masters degree [eg an MEd]. This applies if the applicant possesses:

EITHER a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK University;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside of the UK

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English. 

 

Advanced Standing

Professional Doctorate applicants may, by following the University's Accreditation of Prior Learning procedures, request exemption, on the basis of prior certificated learning, from one or more Part Once courses. No applicant shall normally be exempted from the Research Proposal, and no candidate shall be normally exempted from more than 135 credits. 

 

Application Deadlines 

For a February start date, you must submit your full application before the 30th November in the previous year (for example 30th November 2016 for a 1st February 2017 start). 

Fees

As a postgraduate student you will need to pay annual tuition fees to the University for the course you are studying.

Details of Fees for Home and EU Students

Details of Fees for International Students

The University has previously made available a number of doctoral scholarships.  Any enquiries about future scholarships should be made directly to the Dean of the Faculty to which you are thinking of applying. Scholarships will be advertised when available on this website. 

 

Funding Your Degree 

Before applying for a research degree, you will need to think carefully about how you will fund your studies. You will need to cover your fees, living expenses and other costs associated with your research. There is no automatic Government funding for postgraduate students, however our Additional Information on PGR Funding  ‌provides information on funding opportunities and offers advice on how to fund your studies.

The information is by no means definitive: it includes only information about bursary competitions sent to the University by specific organisations and will be updated on a regular basis as and when we receive relevant information. The University provides a limited amount of funding to support PGR students during their research so that they can attend conferences and workshops etc.   

 

Disability

The University encourages applications from people of all abilities. Disclosure of any form of disability will not negatively impact upon the academic process when making decisions regarding admission onto a course at this University.

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term medical or mental health condition, you are strongly encouraged to disclose this in your application. Prospective students from outside the UK are advised to declare any disability or additional needs as early as possible in the application process, ideally prior to arrival at the University. The Learning Support Team will then contact you shortly after to find out more about your support needs.

For further advice and assistance please contact the learning support team:

E. sdw@hope.ac.uk

Tel. +44 (0) 151 291 3427

 

Immigration and Visas

Please note that International Applicants will need to ensure that they obtain the correct visas to study in the UK. The requirements will vary depending on your own circumstances. For information and advice please contact the International Team on international@hope.ac.uk

 

Life at Hope 

To find out more about our Facilities, Accommodation and Campuses as well as Student Support and Learning Spaces visit out Life at Hope webpages

 

Apply Now

To apply, please use our ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

 

Guidance on submitting your application

Step 1

When you first enter the online application system you will be asked to create an account. Once you have done this you will then be automatically taken to the applicant pages and application form. The online account means that you can save your application as you go, and login as many times as you like.

Step 2

You will need to fill in a short Expression of Interest. This asks for a little more information about you and a 500 word summary of your proposed area of research. This is then sent to the relevant Head of Department/School. Please make the most of this opportunity to use the maximum word count; the more detail about your proposed research topic you provide the easier it will be for colleagues to make a decision whether or not to invite you to submit a full application. A short sentence is not acceptable and will not be considered.

Step 3

Your Expression of Interest will be considered and you will be informed of any decisions by email. If your expression of interest is supported by the relevant Head of Department/School, you will be invited to submit your Full Application.

Step 4

Fill in the Full Application sections of the on-line application form – using the guidance within the form. You can re-enter and complete your application at times convenient to yourself. Please make sure that you complete your full application before the closing date for applications for your chosen entry date. A key element of your Full Application will be a detailed outline of your proposed research or, if you are applying for either a professional doctorate or a funded doctoral scholarship (where the research topic is already defined), a personal statement in support of your application.  If applying to study for a research degree at the University you will need to submit a research proposal of approximately 3000 words. Particular attention will be paid to clarity of expression and also the structure, coherence and flow of argument. You should always include a short bibliography with your research proposal that lists books and articles to which you have made reference in your proposal. You will not be obliged to adhere to the specifics of your proposal if you are offered a place as a research degree candidate, but as the proposal is the foundation of your working relationship with your prospective supervisors it cannot be altered without discussion and consultation with them. If you do not submit a research proposal we will be unable to consider your application. Click on the link for Advice on Writing a Research Proposal.

Step 5

Upload your supporting documents. These include copies of your: Masters Degree certificate(s); Transcripts; English Language qualifications and Passport details (required for International applicants); References.

Step 6

Once you have submitted your application you can print a copy of your application for your own records. However you cannot re-enter and make any changes at this stage.

Step 7

Your application will be considered and you may be invited to attend an interview at Hope (or via Skype for students who live at a distance)

You can see the status of your application at any time by logging into the system.

Overview

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

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.

Applicants must be competent in English as a spoken and written language and all applicants must have a minimum Grade C in GCSE English or equivalent. For international students the minimum English language requirement is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 including 6.0 in reading and writing or TOEFL 560 or equivalent.

Applicant Guide

To apply for postgraduate study you must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as well as any specific requirements for your chosen programme. Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence and other relevant experience, and how closely your research proposal aligns with Liverpool Hope’s key research areas. We will also look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

 

Professional Doctorate [EdD]

Applicants for admission to a programme of study leading to the award of a Professional Doctorate should normally possess:

EITHER a Masters degree at merit or distinction level in a relevant discipline from a UK University;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

AND

Applicants must have at least 3 years' experience of leadership in a professional area relevant to the programme of study. In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate Programme only. As such they will be admitted for a Professional Masters degree [eg an MEd]. This applies if the applicant possesses:

EITHER a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK University;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside of the UK

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English. 

 

Advanced Standing

Professional Doctorate applicants may, by following the University's Accreditation of Prior Learning procedures, request exemption, on the basis of prior certificated learning, from one or more Part Once courses. No applicant shall normally be exempted from the Research Proposal, and no candidate shall be normally exempted from more than 135 credits. 

 

Application Deadlines 

For a February start date, you must submit your full application before the 30th November in the previous year (for example 30th November 2016 for a 1st February 2017 start). 

Fees

As a postgraduate student you will need to pay annual tuition fees to the University for the course you are studying.

Details of Fees for Home and EU Students

Details of Fees for International Students

The University has previously made available a number of doctoral scholarships.  Any enquiries about future scholarships should be made directly to the Dean of the Faculty to which you are thinking of applying. Scholarships will be advertised when available on this website. 

 

Funding Your Degree 

Before applying for a research degree, you will need to think carefully about how you will fund your studies. You will need to cover your fees, living expenses and other costs associated with your research. There is no automatic Government funding for postgraduate students, however our Additional Information on PGR Funding  ‌provides information on funding opportunities and offers advice on how to fund your studies.

The information is by no means definitive: it includes only information about bursary competitions sent to the University by specific organisations and will be updated on a regular basis as and when we receive relevant information. The University provides a limited amount of funding to support PGR students during their research so that they can attend conferences and workshops etc.   

 

Disability

The University encourages applications from people of all abilities. Disclosure of any form of disability will not negatively impact upon the academic process when making decisions regarding admission onto a course at this University.

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term medical or mental health condition, you are strongly encouraged to disclose this in your application. Prospective students from outside the UK are advised to declare any disability or additional needs as early as possible in the application process, ideally prior to arrival at the University. The Learning Support Team will then contact you shortly after to find out more about your support needs.

For further advice and assistance please contact the learning support team:

E. sdw@hope.ac.uk

Tel. +44 (0) 151 291 3427

 

Immigration and Visas

Please note that International Applicants will need to ensure that they obtain the correct visas to study in the UK. The requirements will vary depending on your own circumstances. For information and advice please contact the International Team on international@hope.ac.uk

 

Life at Hope 

To find out more about our Facilities, Accommodation and Campuses as well as Student Support and Learning Spaces visit out Life at Hope webpages

 

Apply Now

To apply, please use our ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

 

Guidance on submitting your application

Step 1

When you first enter the online application system you will be asked to create an account. Once you have done this you will then be automatically taken to the applicant pages and application form. The online account means that you can save your application as you go, and login as many times as you like.

Step 2

You will need to fill in a short Expression of Interest. This asks for a little more information about you and a 500 word summary of your proposed area of research. This is then sent to the relevant Head of Department/School. Please make the most of this opportunity to use the maximum word count; the more detail about your proposed research topic you provide the easier it will be for colleagues to make a decision whether or not to invite you to submit a full application. A short sentence is not acceptable and will not be considered.

Step 3

Your Expression of Interest will be considered and you will be informed of any decisions by email. If your expression of interest is supported by the relevant Head of Department/School, you will be invited to submit your Full Application.

Step 4

Fill in the Full Application sections of the on-line application form – using the guidance within the form. You can re-enter and complete your application at times convenient to yourself. Please make sure that you complete your full application before the closing date for applications for your chosen entry date. A key element of your Full Application will be a detailed outline of your proposed research or, if you are applying for either a professional doctorate or a funded doctoral scholarship (where the research topic is already defined), a personal statement in support of your application.  If applying to study for a research degree at the University you will need to submit a research proposal of approximately 3000 words. Particular attention will be paid to clarity of expression and also the structure, coherence and flow of argument. You should always include a short bibliography with your research proposal that lists books and articles to which you have made reference in your proposal. You will not be obliged to adhere to the specifics of your proposal if you are offered a place as a research degree candidate, but as the proposal is the foundation of your working relationship with your prospective supervisors it cannot be altered without discussion and consultation with them. If you do not submit a research proposal we will be unable to consider your application. Click on the link for Advice on Writing a Research Proposal.

Step 5

Upload your supporting documents. These include copies of your: Masters Degree certificate(s); Transcripts; English Language qualifications and Passport details (required for International applicants); References.

Step 6

Once you have submitted your application you can print a copy of your application for your own records. However you cannot re-enter and make any changes at this stage.

Step 7

Your application will be considered and you may be invited to attend an interview at Hope (or via Skype for students who live at a distance)

You can see the status of your application at any time by logging into the system.

Course Contact Details

Dr Claire Lloyd

Director of EdD

e: lloydc@hope.ac.uk

t: 0151 291 3027

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