The EdD is a doctoral level qualification designed for professionals working within the education sector. It provides a structured programme of advanced scholarship and research which is of equivalent level to the traditional PhD, but which is orientated towards professional practice. The course is aimed at professionals across a range of educational contexts, including teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational consultants and early years practitioners.
What you'll experience
On this course you can:
- undertake a structured doctoral programme
- engage in explicit reflection on professional knowledge and practice
- experience peer learning and networking opportunities afforded by the cohort approach
What you'll study
The taught element of the programme is completed over two years and focusses on developing the knowledge and skills to enable you to successfully complete a doctoral level research project. On successful completion of the taught phase and submission of a research proposal, you will be assigned a supervisory team to support you in the completion of your doctoral thesis.
Core units you will study include:
- Professional Review and Development
- Advanced Research Techniques
- Publication and Dissemination
- Professional Research and Development Research Proposal
How you'll be assessed
The taught element of the course is delivered through workshops and online discussions (Moodle). The programme of themed workshops will include seminars led by the course team and opportunities for interactive group work. You will also have access to a Moodle site which contains relevant links and resources and which will enable discussions to continue between formal workshops.
As well as this, you will also be required to undertake independent study to supplement the formal teaching sessions, with appropriate guidance from a tutor or thesis supervisor.
There is a wide variety of different assessments aimed at integrating academic knowledge and professional practice, including:
- a reflective practice assignment
- a review of an academic journal article
- a small scale research project
- a research proposal
- a thesis viva voce examination
Careers and opportunities
As you will already be in employment, this qualification is aimed at enhancing career opportunities within professional practice. However, students on other professional doctorate studies have found the qualification useful in developing their links with the higher education sector, e.g. through guest lecturing, part time teaching or joint publications with academic staff.
Some routes our graduates might pursue include:
- head teacher
- educational consultant