The taught element of the EdD programme introduces students to different understandings of, and approaches to, educational research, including distinctive methodologies and methods. The taught modules enable students to explore, in depth, a particular field of study, together with its implications for students’ own professional practice. This exploration is enhanced by being undertaken in the company of a group of other professionals. It has become a cliché to suggest that undertaking a PhD provides a good grounding for those who wish to become professional researchers, while an EdD does the same for those who wish to become researching professionals – but it remains a useful distinction.
Currently we are offering a generic EdD which allows students to develop a research pathway from a range of options relating to their professional interests. We also offer three special fields for those professionals wishing to further develop in their specialised subject area.
- Generic route (Special Field Leader: Dr Cheryl Hunt)
- Educational Psychology (Special Field Leader: Professor Brahm Norwich)
- Special Educational Needs (Special Field Leaders: Professor Brahm Norwich and Dr Phil Bayliss
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Special Field Leaders: Dr Malcolm Macdonald and Dr Salah Troudi)
In addition, we offer a 3-year DEdPsy in Educational Child and Community Psychology which meets the professional training required by the British Psychological Society for new educational psychologists. There is a separate description for this programme.
Duration The EdD is a part-time taught research programme, however some special fields can be studied on a full-time, or mixed full-time/part-time basis. The maximum period of study for this degree is currently six years part-time, in line with the degree of PhD. Each special field has a different mode of part-time delivery; more details can be found on our website at www.exeter.ac.uk/education The EdD TESOL offered in Dubai is a part-time programme over a minimum of four years and entails a number of intensive weekend periods of study conducted at our teaching centre in Dubai Knowledge Village.
Modules Students are required to complete five modules, plus a final research thesis of 40,000 – 50,000 words. All students are required to complete two compulsory modules on research methodology.
Generic route: Masters degree or equivalent professional qualification and at least three years’ relevant professional experience.
Educational Psychology: The course is open only to fully qualified educational psychologists with a Masters degree and three years’ professional experience.
Special Educational Needs: The course is open only to experienced professionals and managers with a Masters degree.
TESOL (Exeter and Dubai): A Masters degree in TEFL, TESOL, Applied Linguistics or a related field, plus at least three years’ relevant professional experience.