Doctor in Education EdD

The Doctor in Education (EdD) aims to foster professional development through research as well as meeting the requirements of rigour and originality expected of a doctorate. It includes assessed taught courses, research-focused workshops and supervised original research. The student cohort provides an important element of the programme. From the start you will work with a specialist supervisor in one of the Institute's academic departments to begin to develop research in a field of your choice related to your professional interests. This programme has a UK focus.


The EdD programme has three components:

1. Taught element
In this component you will work with tutors and other EdD students in developing your professional understanding and insight and research skills.

The taught element consists of three assessed taught courses:

·        Foundations of professionalism in education

·        Methods of enquiry 1

·        Methods of enquiry 2

and a

·        Specialist Research Course (non-assessed)

2. The institution-focused study (IFS)
The IFS is unique to the Institute's EdD programme. It will enable you to study an institution or organisation concerned with educational provision, organisation and support and with which you are professionally connected, under the supervision of an Institute staff member.

3. The thesis
Your thesis, in your chosen specialist area, should be about 45,000 words in length. It must make a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study and afford evidence of originality and a capacity for autonomous research. Your thesis should usually be related to your IFS and the work carried out in the taught part of the programme. We provide support through meetings with your specialist supervisor and regular thesis workshops.

Who is this programme for?

The EdD is for experienced professionals from education and related fields who would like to extend their professional understanding and develop skills in research, evaluation and high-level reflection on practice.



The normal pattern of study for the taught part of the programme involves attendance at three two-day (Friday and Saturday) blocks per term. IFS and thesis workshops are organised to support the research component. From the beginning of the programme, you are assigned a supervisor with whom you will meet once a term during the taught part of the programme and at least three times a term during the research component.


How are you assessed?

The taught element is assessed through a portfolio of three assignments of 5,000 words each and a reflective statement; the IFS is presented as a report of about 20,000 words. This is followed by your thesis of 45,000 words which you will normally present at the end of your fifth year of study. The viva voce held at the end of the programme examines both your thesis and your conceptual understanding of the integration of all the elements of your programme.


Entry requirements

You should have acquired at least four years' full-time experience in a relevant professional area and should normally hold a postgraduate Masters degree with good grades from a recognised university. We will expect you to provide details of the grades you obtained in your masters degree and a copy of, or a substantial extract from, your masters dissertation.

We also ask you to provide a 2,000-word statement summarising the research you would like to conduct if you are admitted to the EdD programme and stating how you feel the programme would enhance your professional development.




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