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Professional Doctorate Education (EdD)

Immerse yourself in educational research on a programme for experienced professionals working as educators, enabling you to make an original contribution to knowledge in an area of professional practice.

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      Course Length: Typically 5 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: October 2022, October 2023
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University

      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.

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      In Depth

      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.

      Who will be teaching me?

      Structured and online research development sessions will be led by academic experts from across the university. You will also be supported by two supervisors who, between them, will have academic expertise in the methodological and substantive areas of your research.

      Within the Faculty of Education, academics have particular expertise in issues relating to social justice and inclusion, children and young people’s voice and rights, children and young people’s mental health, special educational needs, early years education, primary and secondary education, initial teacher education, further and higher education, adult education and widening participation, and the philosophy of education.

      A Great Study Environment

      As a postgraduate research student, you will be registered in the University’s Graduate School and be based in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for your project. Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) students will normally be based in the Faculty of Education.

      Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

      Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies. The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

      Entry Criteria

      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.

      English Language Requirements

      Overseas applicants will be considered on an individual basis and will be expected to demonstrate English language proficiency to a minimum standard of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent at the point of application. Please note, however, that as this is a part-time research degree it is subject to certain visa restrictions. Please contact the International Office to check whether the University can sponsor your visa for part-time study.

      Career Prospects

      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.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this Professional Doctorate are £2,820 a year for UK students and £8,500 a year for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2022.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

      As part of your application, you will need to submit a research proposal that should not exceed 2,000 words. Detailed guidance on writing this research proposal is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applygraduateschool.

      The deadline for applications for October 2022 entry is Monday 20 June 2022.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.

      Candidates interested in applying are strongly advised to contact the university well in advance of the application deadline. This will ensure you have the opportunity to talk through your application and research interests with a member of staff.

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

      International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      7th July 2021 - Change of Tuition Fees

      The part-time tuition fee rate for UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22 has been reduced to £2,610 per annum.

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