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Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Course Description

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!

(Student Profile)


2217.jpg Why did you choose to study for the EdD at Queen’s School of Education?
I chose the EdD program at Queen's mainly for two reasons: the structure of the modules appealed to me; the topics and structure of assignments provided a framework that appealed to me and prepared me for dissertation work.
As an international student, I chose to study at Queen's because it provided a unique opportunity to learn new educational and professional perspectives and philosophies; it has also provided a multitude of personal and professional growth opportunities.

What have you found most interesting or useful about the course so far?
The faculty within the School of Education have been really encouraging and have offered an educational environment that holds the right balance between challenging and supporting me to learn and grow.
The module structure was helpful in that it helped develop my writing and research skills; the modules also helped prepare for my dissertation topic.

Has the course enhanced your existing knowledge?
Yes, it has broadened my knowledge of research methodologies and practices, educational theories and policies

What is your experience of the teaching support and student facilities at Queen’s?
Positive. Students have a range of supportive resources: the structure of the module tutor during the coursework was really helpful. Having two supervisors for the dissertation phase also has allowed me to work with a multitude of faculty who have different research and professional backgrounds. Faculty and staff both within the School of Education and outside of it have been available to assist with questions that I have had about topics such research and career development.

Where are you in your career at the moment?
I am a full time EDD student in my second year doing dissertation research. My professional background is in Higher Education administration and school counseling and I will be seeking opportunities to continue to work within Higher Education administration and support international student experience.

(Student Profile)


3431.jpg Name: Samantha
Country: Northern Ireland

Why did you choose to study for the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) at Queen's University?
I chose this programme as I work at Queen’s as a Lecturer (Education) and the EdD was the perfect choice for me as it matched my requirements.

What have you found most interesting or useful about the course so far?
The EdD at Queen’s is much more than I expected it to be – it has given me a solid grounding in many aspects of educational research that I am now drawing on during the dissertation phase of my degree.I have found the quantitative research methods, action research and assessment and testing modules the most interesting and useful. The EdD has given me confidence in quantitative research methods – this to me has been a highlight of the programme.

What was your experience of the teaching support and student facilities at Queen’s?
Support offered by academic staff from the School of Education has been excellent. I would draw particular attention to the support, advice and guidance that has been provided to me by my dissertation supervisors – this has been outstanding.

Where are you in your career at the moment?
I am a Lecturer (Education) and Anatomist and have been in this job for over 11 years.

Has the course helped you in your career so far?
The EdD programme has exposed me to a wealth of academic literature that is relevant to all aspects of my lecturing role.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I plan on developing a research profile within my subject area of anatomy.


Entry Requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and a Masters degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Performance profiles (grades etc) may also be required to ensure suitability of the applicant for Doctoral study. Applicants will normally be expected to have at least five years' full-time professional experience in a field of work related to Education.

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