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The Professional Doctorate in Education is a flexible, part-time programme that will allow you to undertake advanced educational research, specific to your own area of work and/or interests. You will be supported throughout by a highly respected team of practitioners and academic staff.

The programme is ideal for anyone working in a school or education-related capacity, specifically aimed at those involved in education in a wide range of occupations: teachers, leaders and managers in schools, lecturers in HE and FE institutions, voluntary and third sector officers, local authority and regional consortia staff, training organisations and so on.

The programme will equip education professionals with the skills and knowledge to interrogate research, critique theory, and to conduct robust research which will impact on policy and practice in their area of professional activity.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has a well-established reputation for excellence in professional learning for education professionals and pedagogically-focussed educational research. The Professional Doctorate in Education is ideal for anyone who is working in school or in an education-related capacity and has the desire for higher level applied academic study and practice-oriented research.

The programme has been designed with working educators in mind, with online and distance learning supported by two face-to-face day long learning events each semester.

The element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD.

The structure and format of the programme is designed so that students are involved in a variety of learning situations including individual work, group seminars, workshops, formal tutor-led lectures, as well as online tutorials in groups and individually. Each taught module will offer two full days (most usually Saturdays) of face-to-face teaching and will involve opportunities for online collaboration.

Programme Structure

The programme is studied part-time over approximately six years. It comprises two parts, with three years of taught Level 7 modules in Part 1, and a doctoral-level (Level 8) work-based research project in Part 2. Two modules per year run during Part 1.


Candidates will study the following compulsory Level 7 modules in the first year:

Exploring Contemporary Issues in Education 1: developing critical skills as leaders
Introduction to Research Methods in Education
In the second year you will study one compulsory module 'Research Design and Management in Education' and one optional module chosen from:

Bilingual Education: Wales and beyond
Shaping Educational Practice: addressing the challenges of social injustice in Wales
Education for Creativity and Innovation
Physical Literacy, Physical Education and Sport; philosophy, policy and curriculum
Foundation Phase and Early Childhood: Critical perspectives
Combating Prejudice and Discrimination in Education
Assessment for a new curriculum in Wales
Leadership in Self-improving systems
Mathematics in Education
The third year involves one practical research development module:

Exploring Contemporary Issues in Education 2: applying critical skills, contributing to knowledge: leading improvement

Visit the Professional Doctorate in Education page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!




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