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Course summary

Are you interested in conducting a wide-ranging interdisciplinary programme of research into your own professional practice? Then our professional doctorate in Education, the EdD, is the course for you. What's covered in the course? You’ll get a grounding in the essential skills required to articulate and interrogate the key issues relating to education policy, the changing role of social institutions, aspects of pedagogy, and the implications for multiple and fluid professional identities on everyday education practice in a context of global interconnectedness and interdependence. Through this programme of research you’ll improve your practice and make a significant contribution to your continuing professional development. We know you’re busy practitioners, so the course is tailored to that and will enable you to embed your research in your everyday practice. You’ll explore the relationship between knowledge, theory and practice and to demonstrate your understanding of how it is possible to make and influence change. To do this we’ll help you develop creative and innovative approaches for integrating academic and professional knowledge as well as design and implement research which draws upon your appreciation of knowledge that occurs in professional settings. This intensive course offers a range of teaching and learning approaches in small groups, led by academics who are writing and publishing in a range of related areas. This course encourages innovative and creative approaches to educational research and draws on a wider pool of experts from across the University to support work in visual methods and new media. On completion of the course, our aim is that you have developed intuitive judgement, foresight and ability to conceptualise problems that typically impact on organisations, are able to develop appropriate solutions to problems by applying theoretical concepts, and a range of research skills and approaches that you’re able to employ. You’ll also have skills to communicate academic principles and concepts effectively to professional colleagues and the scholarly community.

Assessment method

Assessment strategies will provide students with opportunities to develop and demonstrate a range of doctoral level skills including multi-model approaches (visual and textual) in addition to the more traditional forms of critical writing and preparing work for publication.


How to apply

International applicants

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

Entry requirements

Professional doctorates are designed for mid-career and senior professionals who have previous higher level study, and significant professional experience. The emphasis is on developing links between theory and professional practise through a process of reflective and reflexive learning. Professional doctorates are not essentially professional qualifications; rather they provide evidence of advanced study in a relevant area.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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