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The EdD is a doctoral level qualification designed for professionals working within the education sector. It provides a structured programme of advanced scholarship and research which is of equivalent level to the traditional PhD, but which is orientated towards professional practice. The course is aimed at professionals across a range of educational contexts – including teachers, lecturers, learning support professionals. trainers, educational consultants and early years practitioners.

What you'll experience

On this course you can: 

  • Undertake a structured doctoral programme
  • Engage in explicit reflection on professional knowledge and practice 
  • Experience peer learning and networking opportunities afforded by the cohort approach.


The taught element of the course is delivered through workshops and online discussions (Moodle). The programme of themed workshops will include seminars led by the course team and opportunities for interactive group work. Workshops will take place on Saturdays with an optional Friday night seminar or guest speaker. You will also have access to a Moodle site which contains relevant links and resources and which will enable discussions to continue between formal workshops.

As well as this, you will also be required to undertake independent study to supplement the formal teaching sessions, with appropriate guidance from a tutor or thesis supervisor.

How you're assessed

There is a wide variety of different assessments aimed at integrating academic knowledge and professional practice, including:

  • a reflective practice assignment
  • a review of an academic journal article
  • a small scale research project
  • a research proposal
  • a thesis viva voce examination

Careers and opportunities

  • lecturer
  • head teacher
  • educational consultant
  • researcher

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





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