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.
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.
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum of all components. In addition to this, we also accept a wide range of International Qualifications, for more information please visit our English Language Requirements page.
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Part 1 of the doctorate is taught over 4 weekends per year, in February, March, September and December. Each weekend begins around 1pm Friday, and continues until 5pm Saturday, with a mix of interactive workshop and seminar discussions around key readings and tasks. Admission to the Professional Doctorate is limited to a small cohort each year, and sharing your independent reading and professional expertise is an important part of the learning experience. All of the modules and assessments are designed to support you in the development of your independent research proposal.
An annual conference is held in the summer, bringing together students on all phases of the professional doctorate, at Liverpool Hope, St Mary's University Twickenham and Newman University Birmingham.
At the end of Part 1, students' research proposals are assessed at a Confirmation of Doctoral Study Interview, after which they are allocated a supervisory team. Supervisors meet with students in the research phase of their doctorate on a monthly basis, to provide advice and guidance as students prepare their doctoral thesis.
We particularly encourage applications from students whose research interests fall within the expertise of our four Research Centres:
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2019/20 are £2,160
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
International & Channel Islands fees for 2019/20 are £5,440.
Students on this course may be eligible for Doctoral Loans to cover the cost of study, click here for further details.
Students on the Professional Doctorate are usually experienced professionals. Our students come from a range of professions engaging with childhood, education and social care. Past students have included senior teachers, headteachers and senior leaders in schools, school inspectors, civil servants and independent consultants, Higher Education lecturers and support staff, social workers, chaplains and special educational needs co-ordinators.
The Professional Doctorate focuses on enabling our graduates to become researching professionals. For some, this means a move into Higher Education, but for many others, it is about taking a critical, evidence-informed perspective at a senior level within their professional setting.
The design of the course, with its weekend delivery and focus on researching practice, is designed to accommodate students with busy professional careers.