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The EdD is a partly taught and partly research-based Professional Doctorate in Education which has proved to be both successful and convenient for senior professionals in education and related fields. We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods, education policy, education management and professional development. Dissertations are supported within the specialist research centres at the School of Education including effective education, shared education, children’s rights, and autism.


On successful completion of the programme students will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of their research dissertation study. They will, through this dissertation, demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate their results and their implications.

The EdD programme may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The normal period of study will be not less that three years full-time or not less than four years part-time. The aim is to allow flexibility for busy professionals, enabling you to complete the degree with minimal disruption to your professional and personal life.

The EdD comprises nine taught doctoral modules (of which four must be research modules) and a research dissertation. The research dissertation has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words). Each module is assessed by one 5000 word assignment. The University operates a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Scheme which recognises relevant prior assessed and certified learning for credit purposes. This is also known as credit transfer where the credits were awarded by another Higher Education (HE) provider. Applicants who have completed a masters degree within the last 10 years that involved a substantive element of educational research methods training, including a research-based dissertation or project, may be eligible to transfer credit. Applicants for RPL should submit the RPL Application Form to the Postgraduate Administrator, 20 College Green, Belfast, BT7 1LN. Applications for RPL should be made at the same time as your online course application. The dissertation is assessed by an oral examination (a viva-voce).

There are three stages to each EdD taught module which covers a four month period. The first stage is pre-reading. The second stage is attendance for the intensive teaching, normally over a consecutive period of two and a half days. The third stage involves the completion and submission of an assignment, normally within three months of the last date of the taught module.

Research Modules

Educational Research: An Overview (compulsory)
Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory)
Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory)
The Professional as Researcher
Experimental Methods in Educational Research
Survey Methods in Education
Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Educational Research
Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings
Narrative and Arts-based Research Approaches

Optional Modules

Education in Divided Societies: contribution to social cohesion
Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues
Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion
Education and the Law
Children's Rights - Research and Practice
TESOL: Issues in Language Learning
TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy

Find out more bout the course here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Course-Finder/PCF1718/PTCF1718/Course/DoctorateinEducationEdD.html
Find out why Queen's University is a great palce to study here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Why-Study-at-Queens/

Visit the Doctorate in Education (EdD) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!






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