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Course content

The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) is a research degree with equivalent outcomes to a PhD including its level of award and title. The EdD provides continuing professional development for those working across the field of education in its broadest sense.

You will enhance your understanding of research and its application, engaging in critical discussions and reflections that involve in-depth consideration of the relationships between theory and practice. The first year consists of three taught units. The thesis component involves one substantive research study of 60,000 words or equivalent.

Support is provided through weekend sessions, meetings with supervisors, engagement with and contribution to our University's research culture, networking with peers and the dissemination of research findings at a conference.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/doctorateined_edd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


If you have worked or currently work in the field of education (at all levels), children and/or youth services or voluntary or community settings - then this course will enhance your professional development by providing the opportunity for you to develop an extended project of research-based study with the intention of making original contributions to the field of educational thought.

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

This course provides you with the opportunity to progress your professional learning and development through an extended period of research-based study with the intention of making original contributions to knowledge.

Taught Units

Research methods (1): Research Approaches, Ethics & Analytical Considerations
This module will cover a range of methodological approaches, data collection and analysis and ethical issues related to the field of educational research.

The Practitioner as Researcher
You will critically review the origins, concepts, field and methodologies of practitioner research within applied and practice-based research in education and related disciplines. As a result you will be able to appraise examples of practitioner research for quality, ethical issues and relevance.

Professional Learning & Dissemination
You will examine and evaluate English education policy and politics across the sector, the nation and throughout the rest of the world in order to critically review the new ways education is being developed through professional practice.

There are no credit points for this course as it is a taught Doctorate with the submitted work leading to your final thesis.

Dr Caroline Bligh

Senior Lecturer in the School of Education

"The Professional Doctorate in Education is an ideal programme of study as it enables professionals across a wide range of educational careers to pursue a study of unique interest to them whilst continuing in their chosen career paths."

Caroline's rich and varied career has included working as a nurse and primary teacher in London, before being appointed as an English as an additional language co-ordinator here in Leeds. Caroline joined us in 2006 and her research focuses on young children's access to silent spaces in the Early Years environment and the significance of these spaces to their learning.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Education (Professional Doctorate) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!





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