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Course content

The programme builds upon an existing suite of awards for the professional education of practitioners. The two-stage structure (MEd/EdD) means educational practitioners can progressively develop their research in practice part-time culminating in doctoral research. The doctorate uses existing masters modules for Stage 1. Stage 2 comprises new modules at Level 8 taking participants through to their final thesis.

Course lenth: 5-7 years part time using study days and supervised research. Stage 1 can be completed part-time in 2-3 years depending on prior experience; Stage 2 is completed in 3 years. There is an optional additional write up year. There are 9 modules at level 7 for Stage 1 and a further 7 modules at level 8 for stage 2.

The programme consists of the following modules:

For Stage One, select 40 credits (2 x 20 credits) research methods – Choose from 6 modules:

Designing and Planning your Research
Methods and Methodologies
Action Research
The Critical Professional
Writing and Presentation

Year 1
Add 60 credits options from available modules

Year 2
Complete Triple Masters Project

Year 3
All modules are compulsory:
Research Methods for Professional Practitioner Inquiry (Semester 1)
Policy and Contemporary Issues in Education (semester 2).
Research and Practice module (year-long)

Year 4
Research Analysis and Evaluation (Semester 1)
Situating and Enacting Educational Development in Organisational Settings (Semester 2)
Consolidating Research and Practice,year long
Processes of Professional Learning in Context focusing on practitioner development and learning - completed in thesis year

The ‘Doctoral Thesis’ (200 credits), oral examination and completion of reflective module


Learning will be assessed using a variety of approaches which whilst assessing your learning and progress will also help participants develop communication skills relevant to an advanced practitioner. These will include: written assignments, papers, oral presentations and critical debate, dialogue, progression meetings and reflective logs. The final assessment is the doctoral thesis and oral examination.

Learning Environment:

The course is about researching and developing educational practice therefore your work environment will form a key learning resource. Study days and contact will involve you with a 'community of professional practitioners and researchers', through which you will engage in peer critique, collaborative learning and dissemination, and reflection. You will be encouraged to take an active part in the community of practice around the doctorate, face-to-face, via E-learn, in seminars and research events. Teaching and learning methods will include case analyses, workshops, visiting speakers, directed and independent reading, work based learning, learning sets, practice focused assignments, research supervision.

Visit the Doctorate in Education (Professional Doctorate) page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!





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