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Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Education (EdD)


About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Do you want to develop your knowledge and research skills in the field of education even further? The Doctor of Education (EdD) course offers you the benefits of a part-taught degree along with the opportunity to independently research a specific area of interest in depth.

What the course offers

At the University of Bolton we have a ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ ethos. This means we aspire to offer postgraduate student-focused learning opportunities that inform best practice in education, underpinned by the research knowledge of our high quality staff.

The Doctor of Education course was the first of its kind to be introduced at the University and is extremely popular. The programme differs from the traditional PhD in that it is in two parts. Stage one, the taught element, covers the development and submission of your research proposal. Stage two is a programme of directed and independent study leading to the production and defence of your own critical commentary.

Our welcoming team of experienced, professionally and academically qualified staff will help you to understand how you can align your research topic of interest to other current research in applicable fields, and apply it to your own professional practice and context. The EdD is invaluable for demonstrating your ability to implement a project and also opens up opportunities for higher education lecturing and/or research posts.

Course Highlights:

  • The EdD is a high-level, nationally-recognised qualification that has strong higher education kudos and compares exactly to a PhD.
  • Professionals who hold a University of Bolton EdD take back to their organisation a greater knowledge and a higher understanding of today's diverse educational world, gained through a programme that is research driven.
  • We’ll work with you to help mould your EdD so that it complements your employment and interests within the research framework.
  • You’ll be strongly encouraged to bring your own education-related issues to the table as the basis of your research. The research (thesis) phase requires you to design, implement and disseminate an original research study.
  • This partly taught doctorate offers a more efficient format than the independent research project involved in a traditional PhD.

Key Features:

  • Our EdD provides an opportunity to delve deeply into policy and practice, and examine a specific area of interest in detail via a thesis. You’ll be encouraged to develop your research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills to a very high level.
  • We’ll support you to develop a thorough understanding of research methods so you can make informed research decisions, and become skilled in shaping learning materials towards your own specialism. This makes the course relevant to specialists in every sector of education, from early years through to higher education.
  • Using collaborative learning methods, you’ll be encouraged to work with other course members and your tutors as co-developers of knowledge, drawing from work-based experience to share best practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop a strong working relationship with your fellow students and tutors before you embark on your research phase.
  • The course is designed to fit around your current employment commitments and responsibilities. Classes are usually held on Saturdays and include seminars, face-to-face teaching and new technologies.
  • For your thesis, you’ll work with a named supervisor, your Director of Studies, who’ll guide and advise you through the course up to submission and the oral examination.

Visit the Doctor of Education (EdD) page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have a Master’s-level qualification in an education-related subject and/or a bachelor’s degree with a First Class Honours.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also normally need IELTS 7.5 (or equivalent).


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