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    Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)


    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    This Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) offers research-based professional development to experienced professionals whose practice is concerned with education. Applications from professionals within all fields of education are welcomed, including professionals based in early years, schools or higher education settings, and professional educators working in health, social care or other occupations in the private and public sectors.

    The academic rigour of the EdD is comparable with that of a PhD, while being characterised by its focus on professional practice. Designed to meet the needs of full-time professionals, the EdD will enable you to extend your understanding of theory, practice and policy in the context of your profession. You will become an independent and reflective researcher, develop advanced research skills and gain a critical understanding of research methodologies, as you undertake research that leads to an original contribution to knowledge within your area of professional practice.

    What will I study?

    In the first two years of the programme, you will attend core and methodological training sessions which will help you to finalise your research proposal within the first two terms of study. These sessions will focus on methodology, research design, project and data management, and research ethics.

    The training sessions will be complemented by small group seminars. These are specifically designed to support the completion of the three assignments and viva examinations which make up the first stage of the EdD, while also refining your educational research skills to enable you to produce original, doctoral-level, practice-based research. You will gain a comprehensive insight into debates in literature relating to your chosen area of professional practice, as well as begin to critically justify your chosen methodological approach, based on an identifiable philosophical position.

    Following this first stage, the focus of your work will be on completing your research and writing up a 60,000-word doctoral thesis in which you will make a distinct contribution to professional knowledge in your field of study.

    How will I study?

    The programme typically requires approximately 23.5 hours per week dedicated to research-related activity.

    Core and methodical training sessions and small group seminars will be scheduled as face-to-face sessions over one full weekend, four Saturdays and a summer school each year. You will also need to attend ten scheduled online twilight research development sessions per year.

    For the third year of study and beyond, ongoing group support will be provided at three scheduled Saturday schools held on campus and five online twilight sessions per year.

    Outside of these occasions, attendance on campus will be determined by your individual development needs and the nature of your project.

    How will I be assessed?

    The programme incorporates three viva examinations where your written submissions are assessed by a team of experts. There will also be an interim assessment which takes place between the first two viva examinations.

    At the first viva examination, after approximately seven months of study, your research proposal will be scrutinised. Following this, the interim assignment will be submitted after approximately 13 months and assessed by two doctoral supervisors.

    The second viva examination, which will assess your progress, will be held after approximately 24 months (and no later than 36 months) of study.

    At the third viva examination, which represents the culmination of the Professional Doctorate, your final thesis will be presented.

    What are my career prospects?

    This programme will enhance your personal and professional development. The methodological expertise and contribution to advancing knowledge within your field will lead to significantly increased knowledge and understanding about aspects of your practice.

    You will be well placed to seek promotion to a variety of different roles, including academic posts and management positions, within your area of professional expertise.


    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) and a Masters degree (for example MA, MSc or MRes, or equivalent) in a relevant education or social science subject.

    You must also have at least two years of professional experience that is relevant to the focus of your proposed research. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a Masters qualification, or those with a Masters qualification in an alternative subject, may also be considered, subject to having substantial relevant professional experience and demonstrating an understanding of research methodology and its application.


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