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Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Course Description

The Doctorate in Education is a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to gain a practice-focused higher degree. The EdD engages with education in its broadest sense across the age range from early years to adulthood. It is relevant across all educational settings.

Participants with an interest inequality, diversity, sustainability and inclusion (themes within the realm of social justice) will gain much from working with a diverse group of peers and tutors from a range of backgrounds. Everyone associated with the EdD shares a commitment to the notion of social justice, which underpins our work in education research at LSBU. The close association between the Centre for Educational Research and the MA provides opportunities to work with like-minded research-active peers within a lively and supportive learning community.

Opportunities for accreditation of prior learning are available to participants with an appropriate background and this should be discussed with the admissions tutor who will also explain the CPD processes on request.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/doctorate-education-sustainability-equality-diversity-edd


Year 1
- Critical issues in educational change and development
This module grounds the EdD in critical engagement with literature which asks fundamental questions about the nature and purposes of education in its broader sense. Participants are invited to be self-critical and engage very personally with their own position in relation to the theoretical perspectives which will be discussed.

Year 2
- Issues and controversies in research
This module begins to prepare participants theoretically and practically for the research phase. It encourages further critical engagement with research methodology and careful consideration of the development of research questions to be taken into the next phase of the EdD. Opportunities to work with the wider research community will be created.

Year 3 onwards
- Independent research and dissertation
The taught phase is assessed by assignments, pilot research projects and portfolio development. The research phase culminates in a 40000 word dissertation or equivalent piece of in depth research-based work assessed by viva. An ongoing portfolio is maintained throughout the taught and research phase.


UK Higher Education increasingly demands doctorate level qualifications and a UK doctorate is usually preferred. Participants wishing to achieve promotion or develop a career in research or in senior positions in education benefit from having a doctorate. The opportunity to write for publication along the way is built into the EdD programme. Publishing in refereed journals is particularly important for participants looking to develop a career in academia.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.


As the EdD is a practice-based professional doctorate,access to the workplace (including voluntary work) is essential.

Teaching and learning

You'll benefit from an up to date Virtual Learning Environment via Moodle and be actively encouraged to make use of the extensive range of support services across the university. You'll have access to a supervisory team during the research and dissertation phase.

Visit the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The course is designed for graduates of an MA/MSc in Education (including the LSBU MA in Education or MSc in Education for Sustainability) and for University staff with interests in teaching and learning, as well as other professionals in related fields.

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