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Doctorate in Education

Course Description

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an advanced programme of study and research at doctoral level. The course is designed for professionals in education, training and allied fields, in sectors including: early years, childcare, schools, community, further, higher and adult education. It allows students to enquire into and develop their professional practice through advanced-level study and research.

The course gives you the opportunity to
-Deepen your knowledge base in research and scholarship on professional policy and practice in education.
-Address in-depth issues derived from your own experience and practice.
-Develop and apply your expertise in methods of research.
-Produce work which makes an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your area of professional practice.

The course draws on the expertise of the Sheffield Institute of Education and actively seeks students whose research interests are related to our own. Current research groups include:
-Equality, diversity and social justice.
-Higher education.
-Professional learning.
-Mathematics education.
-Language and literacy education.

We also have two research centres, the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research and the Centre for Science Education. For further information visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/sioe/research/

For further course information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/doctorate-in-education

EdD award

You begin your research by studying the following modules:
-Developing your research focus.
-Developing the literature review.
-Research methodologies and research design.
-Data analysis, interpretation and presentation.

Following the successful completion of these modules you continue to develop your research in the final thesis module, submitting a thesis of 50-60,000 words. This degree is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society’s Graduate School. The Graduate School website is a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, providing information about our research work and useful contact information.

Course structure

Part time – 4 years minimum, with 6 Saturdays attendance in each of the first 2 years, and 3 Saturdays a year during the thesis phase.
You are also allocated tutorial support throughout your studies. Please contact us for information regarding recruitment.

Doctorate modules
-Developing your research focus
-Developing the literature review
-Research methodologies and research design
-Data analysis, interpretation and presentation

Thesis component
The standards and requirements for the thesis are consistent with those for a PhD. All four cohort phase modules must be successfully completed before taking this module.

Assessment: we assess each of the four modules by coursework. This may take several forms, but is equivalent to an assignment of 6 – 7,000 words, each designed to support you in developing your thesis chapters. After successfully completing the modules, you move on to the thesis phase of your doctorate. Final assessment is based on the submission and examination of a 50 – 60,000 word thesis.

Other admission requirements

For information on writing your proposal, download our Doctorate in Education proposal guidance. If you are interested in attending one of our upcoming application support sessions, which offer further guidance on writing a research proposal, please email Daniel Philliskirk at . If English is not your first language, you need an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5.in each skill.

Visit the Doctorate in Education page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We normally expect you to have a relevant masters degree and significant appropriate professional experience. A key consideration is motivation and the ability to sustain in-depth study at a high level. You also need intellectual curiosity, analytical skills, and an interest in contributing to educational knowledge and improving practice. The application process includes the submission of a research proposal of a maximum of 1500 words. This initial proposal should set out the intended area of study, and will guide your work during the early stages of the course. See course description for further admission details.

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