This is an innovative programme offering a professionally relevant and academically rigorous opportunity for advanced study in education. The programme is designed for professionals at all levels in education, training and development, and in education-related fields.
• EdD: 60 months part-time by distance learning
• Contact: [email protected]
• The Doctorate is comparable to a PhD in terms of scale and rigour. It differs in that it provides a structured programme of advanced study that is relevant to your profession and focused on the inter-relationship of research, policy and practice.
• There’s a focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.
• As you focus your studies into specialist areas, you will benefit from the activity of our five knowledge and research transfer groups: Creativity, culture and faith; Interdisciplinary science education, technologies and learning; Professional learning and leadership; Pedagogy, policy and practice; Social justice, place and lifelong education.
Years 1, 2 and 3
Six taught courses each lasting one semester and each with one weekend in Glasgow. These courses are currently
Critical reflection in professional learning and practice
• Education policy
• Educational futures
• Ethics and education OR Lifelong learning
• Open studies one: Advancing research methods
• Open studies two: Applying research methods
Years 3 and 4
Work towards the submission of a dissertation of 50,000 to 60,000 words, supported by an appropriate supervisor.
You normally undertake two courses per year. Progressing at a normal pace, successful candidates can complete the Doctorate in five years. However, we realise that circumstances occasionally mean participants need to take a break from studies and the programme allows candidates to suspend their studies for a limited time period.
Background and Aims
Who is the programme for?
The EdD is aimed primarily at professionals working at all levels and sectors in education, training and development, and in education-related fields. Current students, from the UK and abroad, are drawn from schools, further and higher education, non-government organizations, adult and community education, youth development, children’s services, local government, and health education.
The normal entry requirement is a Masters level qualification, or equivalent, in education or a cognate subject area with requests for assessment of prior learning considered in exceptional circumstances. In addition, for those whose first language is not English, a minimum IELTS score of 7 is required, with no less than 7 in writing and reading.
Whilst participants will need adequate IT competence to benefit from and participate in e-learning, both initial and ongoing support and advice are available. You will need regular access to a computer with a reliable high speed internet connection.
What will you get?
The overall aims of the EdD programme are:
■to enhance critically reflective approaches to the analysis, evaluation, synthesis and application of relevant theories, principles and concepts affecting education
■to enhance understandings of professional practice, policy development and analysis, educational futures and research activity
■to enable practitioners to participate in the analysis, critique, application and generation of educational practice, policy and research related to and impacting upon their professional contexts
The EdD is an innovative programme offering a professionally relevant and academically rigorous opportunity for advanced study in education. The programme features a combination of flexible study through part-time distance e-learning with study weekends in Glasgow. Enabled by the e-learning environment, with its focus on discussion and debate, you will be part of an engaged, active learning community, in which we place a high value on linking study to your own professional circumstances and interests.
Comparable with a PhD in rigour and status except that it offers taught courses for the first three years, the EdD differs from the PhD in that it provides a structured programme of advanced study that is professionally relevant and focusses on the inter-relationship of research, policy and practice.
Weekend study schools
Unusually, on a programme of this nature, the cost of the weekend study schools is included in the course fees. All accommodation and meals (Friday evening until Sunday morning) are included and you will only have to pay for your own travel and any additional expenses you incur.
Although the programme draws on significant online resources, each course may require you to purchase several books.
Whilst some participants on the programme have been able to obtain part of full funding for their tuition fees, scholarships for a part-time programme are not readily available. Applicants may wish to discuss the possibility of funding directly with their employers in addition to seeking information regarding scholarships or loans and we are very happy to write letters confirming your participation on or acceptance to the course if required.
This programme will give you the skills and confidence to further advance your career – to the highest levels in education and education-related fields.
The normal entry qualification will be a Master's level qualification, or equivalent, in education or a cognate subject area.