Professional Doctorate in Education - EdD

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    Are you interested in undertaking research into your own professional practice in education? Then our professional doctorate in Education, the EdD, is the course for you.

    What's covered in the course?

    On the course you will 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.

    During the course you will 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 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.

    Research Interests 

    We offer supervisory expertise in the following areas of research interests, which all tend to be related to professional practice in education:

    • Assessment
    • Creativity
    • Childhood Studies
    • Early Years
    • Post-16 Provision
    • Education Policy
    • Music Education
    • Professional Learning and Development
    • Workplace Learning
    • Student experience in higher education
    • Teaching and learning in higher education
    • Management and leadership in education
    • Historical research into education

    Who will teach me?

    Our experienced academics, many of whom are engaged in internationally recognised research, will provide you with supervision as you pursue the award of a PhD degree.

    Assessment methods

    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.

    Our Facilities

    We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

    As part of these plans, the University's Education provision will join the rest of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at our City South Campus in Edgbaston during 2018.

    This is the third phase of the University's project to move all teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South. By moving our Education provision, we are creating a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development at City South Campus and improving the student experience with a stronger sense of community and more consistent support services and facilities.

    Employment opportunities

    After you've completed this course, you will be able to make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate your ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    You'll also continue to undertake theoretical and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas, or approaches.

    The course will also give you the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments.


    Participants are likely to already be in full-time professional employment; however, most participants expect some career enhancement as a result of their work. The generic learning outcomes include a range of transferable skills pertinent to career advancement including linking theory to practice, problem solving and decision making.

    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Education - EdD page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Professional doctorates are designed for mid-career and senior professionals who have previous higher level study, and significant professional experience. They are also suited to those who have recently completed an MA or MEd in Education.

    The emphasis is on developing links between theory and professional practise through an extensive process of reflective and reflexive learning.

    Professional doctorates are not designed as a teaching qualification; rather they provide evidence of advanced study and research in a relevant education area.

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