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    Professional Doctorate in Education


    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    On this doctoral programme you will investigate issues that relate to you as an education professional. There will be a focus on areas that shape the context in which you're conducting your research.

    The learning style is informal and collegiate. There is a strong emphasis in the first two years on developing your writing. You will also focus on critically engaging with key ideas and developing a research project. The collegiality continues into stage two as you write your doctoral thesis. At this point there will be extended opportunities to share ideas and issues with fellow students and supervisors.

    An unusual feature of this doctorate is that the taught modules are shared with professionals from a variety of backgrounds. This allows us to quickly identify the common issues faced by professionals embarking on doctoral-level research. You will see how broad theoretical ideas can be fruitfully applied to specific contexts, and how to apply concepts and ideas to the questions you'd like to explore.

    To be admitted to stage two you will need to pass all four modules in stage one. You will also need to successfully pitch your thesis proposal at a transfer panel. Stage two can last between two and four years. During this time you'll keep in touch with us at the May teaching session and individually with your supervisors at other times. Supervisory meetings may be in person or online.

    Course structure

    • Identifying and articulating issues in professional practice (45 credits)
    • Contextualising issues in professional practice (45 credits)
    • Researching issues in professional practice (45 credits)
    • Influencing and impacting on issues in professional practice (45 credits)
    • Doctoral thesis (360 credits)

    Teaching and assessment

    Most sessions consist of seminar-style dialogue and debate. You'll be expected to read the set material in advance and staff will work with you to engage with the ideas and discourses that best suit your interests and needs.

    We consider that as a doctoral student, you will learn best through practical application. This will include producing drafts that help you to form your writing style and distinctive researcher voice.

    In the first year you will have fixed points at which you need to submit drafts of your two 8000-word essays. You will then receive detailed feedback from your course leaders and supervisors. The following year, and the thesis stage, will follow a similar pattern.

    Essays are marked on a pass/fail basis. However, we do indicate the overall standard so that you can gauge the level of writing required for good doctoral work.

    All four modules must be passed for you to be accepted on to stage two.

    The thesis is treated as per a PhD thesis, and will be assessed by the same processes by both internal and external examiners.


    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Education page on the York St John University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Admission to this programme will be decided by an interview panel. The candidate must meet the minimum entrance requirements for the EdD:
    - A 2:1 degree (or equivalent)
    - At least two years relevant professional experience

    All candidates must also currently be in a professional role that is relevant to this award. The relevance of past and current experience to a particular award will be judged at interview.


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