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EdD Education

Course Description

Programme description

The Doctorate of Education (EdD) is designed to be stimulating and enriching for those in professional practice. It is aimed primarily at mid-career and senior professionals in education, training and development.

The programme's structure and requirements have been planned to take account of the many competing demands on the time and energy of busy professionals, so the programme is delivered without the student needing to attend the university except for short but necessary periods as shown below.

This Doctorate is comparable with the PhD in terms of scale and rigour, but with a professional focus. It is recognised as a professional doctorate by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Programme structure

The programme starts in January with a taught component providing research training in a broad range of design and method.

Attending courses

The attendance requirements have been concentrated in week-long blocks of study in the first two and a half years, with one week in each of the following months:

This allows you to focus your study time, to benefit from interaction with academic staff and fellow postgraduates, to attend tutorials and the colloquia, and to make use of the full range of University facilities.

Independent research

In the final phase of the programme you will pursue independent research in an area of your choice informed by the three main themes of the degree: policy, research and practice.

A key aspect of your research will involve investigating the relationship between theory and practice, communicating your research findings to both professional and academic audiences.

Your research is supervised by experienced researchers from the School of Education and elsewhere in the University. You are required to engage in dialogue with professionals throughout the process of planning your research, gathering your data, and reporting your results and you are expected to pay particular attention to the ethical issues which arise in carrying out research on your professional field.

At the end of your research you will submit a substantial thesis which will be examined by acknowledged individual experts in the field of the research, normally one external to the University and one internal.

Visit the EdD Education page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To study at postgraduate level you should have a first degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience. Confirm with the School to find out whether there are specific entry requirements for this programme.

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