Doctor of Education EdD

For professionals who wish to continue study beyond Masters level we now offer a Doctor of Education (EdD); this provides:

  • Advanced professional development and training so that you can be more effective in your role and offer leadership within your chosen area of practice
  • A programme of relevant, applied research so that you can make decisions based on a clear understanding of the theoretical, empirical, political and moral dimensions of educational decision-making.

The EdD enables you to challenge and enhance your practice through engagement with relevant theory, policy and empirical research. On successful completion, you will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the conceptual frameworks relevant to your chosen focus of study and show a critical review of alternative models. You will also develop strategic thinking and critical analytical thought to improve and guide your practice.

The programme is made up of two phases – taught and thesis. The taught phase comprises a range of modules that introduce methodical, political, philosophical, sociological and epistemological concepts that underpin issues that emerge from the professional context. Delivery is in group sessions and individual one-to-one supervisions, in addition to visiting international professors and fellows. For the thesis phase you will work on a subject area of your choice, supported by two supervisors.

The four taught modules of the EdD – Philosophy, Policy, Pedagogy and Research – allow you to study at doctoral level without limiting yourself to the single focus of a PhD. They are taught in two four-day blocks each year; an approach that aims to minimise disruption for busy professionals. Across the programme the course has four distinct strands:

  • Leadership
  • Inclusion
  • Sustainability
  • Childhood, Youth, Families and Community

These strands represent key dimensions of educational theory and practice as well as reflecting the specialisms of the EdD teaching team all of whom are embedded within high quality academic networks and external partnerships.

Naturally we continue to support traditional MPhil and PhD routes for those with highly focused research interests.

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