The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professionally-focused, cohort-based doctorate, aimed primarily at experienced professionals working in education, health and related fields. You should normally have at least four years’ experience in a relevant professional area, and should hold a good postgraduate master’s degree from a recognised university.
This course is an opportunity to pursue doctoral study in the context of your professional role, combining taught courses with independent research. Your work will enable you to develop and use advanced research skills and so become an independent, reflective and competent researcher.
Our programme of study is structured specifically to meet the needs of people who are in full-time employment. Taught elements of the programme will be delivered both virtually and face-to-face. It is anticipated that teaching will normally be held on Saturdays with a minimum of six days a year, including an Autumn residential, Friday evening and Saturday, at the start of the course. This course is part time and takes between 4 – 7 years to complete.
See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/doctor-of-education/
Why choose this course?
- The EdD course provides students from a wide range of educational backgrounds with opportunities to explore their research interests in the context of their own professional roles.
- The course is highly collegial. Sessions draw upon the rich and varied experiences that EdD students bring with them, and the exploration of commonalities across disciplines is integral to the programme of study.
- The course aims to promote critical self-reflection through a sequence of structured learning experiences, culminating in a thesis that is an original and substantial piece of professionally-oriented education research.
- Your work will enable you to develop and use advanced research skills and so become an independent, reflective and competent researcher.
- You will be joining a university which is widely regarded as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning, locally and nationally. The School of Education is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes.
- You will be working with highly regarded academics who are at the forefront of their subjects. Drawing on our cutting-edge, research-led teaching, our courses will advance your knowledge and develop your professional skills in a rich and diverse intellectual and social environment.
Teaching and learning
The taught element of the programme will be delivered face to face supported by online learning. It is anticipated that teaching will normally be held on Saturdays with a minimum of six days a year.
In addition, throughout the programme, ongoing support is provided through staff and postgraduate research seminars. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars provided by the University, the Graduate School and School of Education.
Approach to assessment
Assessment of the taught programme is mostly by written assignments and presentations. The assessment for the Learning, Culture and Society module involves a small research project which enables you to experiment with different research methods and hone your research skills. The assessment of the thesis is by a viva.
If you are interested in learning more about the EdD you can attend one of our taster sessions which are held regularly throughout the year - see the downloadable flyer attached to this course or contact the Research Administrator, [email protected]
You will attend a minimum of six Saturdays per year (normally between October - May).
How this course helps you develop
EdD teaching provides a range of theoretical perspectives which enable you to reflect on ways in which you might improve your professional practice.
The collegial nature of the EdD means that you will benefit from learning alongside professionals from a variety of education and related backgrounds.
EdD students are typically experienced professionals in education, healthcare and related fields. During the programme and after graduation many will go on to promoted posts in these areas.
As a doctoral qualification, the EdD also provides opportunities for those seeking employment and promotion in the higher education sector.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
You should normally have at least four years’ experience in a relevant professional area, and should hold a postgraduate master's degree from a recognised university. We will be looking for a good grade (usually merit or distinction) in your master's, and you will need to provide an extract from your dissertation or from an equally substantial piece of academic writing.