This doctorate is aimed at experienced professionals in education and related fields who wish to extend their expertise and training through a taught programme of study and a research-based thesis. The programme will be of interest to individuals working in schools and colleges (including aspiring headteachers, newly appointed and experienced headteachers, and other professionals working within the education sector.Entry RequirementsYou will normally hold a relevant Master's degree obtained from a UK university or overseas equivalent; or be a registered Master's student of the University considered by University staff to be an appropriate candidate for transfer to the degree. Applications are welcome from those without a Master's degree. You will also normally have at least the equivalent of three/ four years of full-time experience in employment in a relevant professional area. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in English language (spoken and written) for example TOEFL Level 585 or IELTS Level 6.5 Course AimsThis doctorate is aimed at experienced professionals in education and related fields who wish to extend their expertise and training through a taught programme of study and a research-based thesis. The programme will be of interest to individuals working in schools and colleges (including aspiring headteachers, newly appointed and experienced headteachers, and other senior and middle managers in schools and colleges), to teachers in adult and higher education, to professional trainers in the private and public sectors, to educational administrators in local and national government, to education inspectors, to social work personnel and to youth and community workers.
The Doctors of Education graduating from this programme will have:
developed a broad range of research and enquiry skills;
the knowledge, skills and expertise to be at the forefront of developments in their chosen specialist field of study;
made an original contribution to their specialist field of study.
Although it makes a similar level of demand to the PhD degree, the EdD can be distinguished from the PhD by its professional orientation and by the inclusion of a significant taught component. Teaching of the programme will be organised to suit active professionals through the use of intensive periods of teaching and evening teaching supported by methods such as electronic mail and distance learning. You will have two University Supervisors who will establish an individual programme of study with you and supervise the research and institution-focused study.Course ContentThe degree has three elements:
a taught component focused on research training;
a study focused on an institution;
a research-based thesis. Taught research training componentThis element of the programme is designed to provide you with a systematic and wide-ranging understanding of the prevailing research traditions in education. It will develop an appreciation of the organisation and management of research in education, and will provide knowledge and skills in the collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data. The training will support the selection of an appropriate research methodology and develop skills in the presentation of research findings.
You will study four compulsory areas:
Philosophical Issues in Research
Methods of Data Collection
Methods of Data Analysis Institution-focused studyThe institution-focused study (IFS) provides you with the opportunity to reflect on and extend your understanding of your professional role and expertise and to apply in a practical way the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the taught components of the course. It comprises a 10,000-word report and normally relates and contributes to your proposed research thesis, and contextualises it. The ‘institution’ may be an educational establishment or a professional organisation or educational service, and the ‘study’ may provide the focus for an investigation into the professional activities related to your research area. For example, the IFS could explore the nature and processes of curriculum or staff development or the assessment of learning within a school/college/HEI/LEA/ educational service. It could also be a pilot study for the proposed research or take the form of an extended literature review. It could also take the form of a rationale for the research thesis, identifying and critically discussing related relevant issues.The thesisThe focus of the thesis will normally be within your chosen specialist field of study, and will by supervised by a member of staff of the School of Sport and Education. Examples of research areas being undertaken by students include the following:
Teacher education and subject knowledge development by Francoise Allen. Francoise works in HEI in initial teacher education.
Gender and achievement by Andrey Cooper. Andrey works in a local secondary school
Effectiveness of KS 3 science curriculum by Chris Lloyd Staples. Chris works in a local education authority.
Philosophy of thinking in teaching sensitive issues by Alasdair Richardson. Alasdair teachers in a secondary independent school.
Other students are investigating the following research areas, though we can cover many other areas of interest. For example:
Youth and community
Initial teacher and in-service training of teachers Teaching and LearningWe use a variety of teaching methods throughout the course, including lectures, seminars, workshops, small group discussions and directed study activities. For your research, you will have support tutors and also two University supervisors, together with access to the Programme Leader on any matters relating to EdD.AssessmentThe research training is examined through a portfolio of approximately 18,000 words. The institution-focused study will comprise a 10,000 word report which will show how the study and other work in the EdD programme has contributed to your professional development and an extended understanding of your professional role.
In the presentation of the thesis, which will be approximately 30,000 words in length, you will be expected to provide evidence of originality and independent critical ability and, in so doing, to make a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject of the thesis. In addition, there will be an oral examination on both the IFS and the subject of the thesis, as well as your understanding of the programme of study as a coherent whole.