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Course content

The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) TESOL, which is a combination of both taught and research elements, is specifically aimed at professionals engaged in English language teacher education. We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods (three compulsory), TESOL (two compulsory), education policy, education management and professional development.

The EdD TESOL 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. This flexibility appeals to busy professionals, enabling them to complete the degree with minimal disruption to their professional and personal life.


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

Critically evaluate the research findings of published, empirical studies.
Make use of appropriate research methods to conduct educational research
Design small-scale, class-based research projects to investigate the local context

Programme Structure and Modules

The EdD TESOL comprises nine taught doctoral modules (of which four must be research modules and two must be TESOL modules) and a research dissertation in the area of TESOL. 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 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

You must complete four 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

TESOL Modules

You must also complete the two TESOL modules:

TESOL: Issues in Language Learning
TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy

Other Optional Modules

In addition to the research and TESOL modules you can choose from the following 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

Graduate Quote

“I was able to choose my elective modules according to my schedule and my particular field of interest. One advantage was that the EdD TESOL (the taught elements) is conducted intensively and can be completed in less than one and a half years.”
Chiu-Kuei Chang Chien, EdD TESOL graduate

Visit the Doctorate in Education Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (EdD TESOL) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!





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