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Education

Doctor of Education

Expert academics

Research under professionals who are experts in their field

Flexible study

Study around your commitments with weekend taught sessions

Dedicated facilities

24/7 access to online/offline research facilities

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
5 Years
Start date:
5 October 2019
2 March 2020
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The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) is a research degree for professionals working in a wide range of education and learning settings. Building upon your existing knowledge and skills, the EdD will enable you to investigate and advance your own practice.

Aimed at a wide range of education professionals in schools, colleges, universities and the lifelong learning sector, the EdD is the progression route of choice for those who have completed a masters level qualification with us or another UK university.

You’ll conduct in-depth, empirical study related to your professional practice, together with the critical analysis of relevant policy and theory, with a view to addressing current problems and improving future practice in education.

By developing and enhancing knowledge and understanding of key education issues, as well as skills such as problem solving, critical inquiry and reflection, the EdD aims to impact positively on practice in the wider organisations associated with education.

During your studies, you’ll critically debate contemporary education issues, further develop your research skills and academic scholarship, and deepen your professional understanding. This will enable you to make an original contribution to practice, and equip you to bring tangible benefits to your organisation.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Doctor of Education

Course content

This is a broad and flexible research-based degree that incorporates four taught modules and a substantial research thesis.

The modules are:

  • Policy and Professional Practice
  • Theory in Educational Research
  • Designing Educational Research
  • Thesis Research Proposal

Designed to help you develop your research focus and academic skills, the taught element of the EdD is typically completed over the first two to three years of study and involves attending a number of on-campus Saturday sessions in Stoke-on-Trent. There are preparatory readings and activities in advance of each Saturday session, where you’ll be able to present and evaluate your own ideas and learning.

Staff-led sessions and guest lectures will provide opportunities for you to participate in critical debate surrounding pertinent issues in education research, policy and practice.

After successfully completing the four taught modules, you’ll be allocated a supervisory team, conduct the research project and, over 24 months, produce a 50,000-word doctoral thesis, which is formally examined in a viva voce.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Policy And Professional Practice 30 credits
Theory In Educational Research 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Designing Educational Research 60 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Research Thesis 360 credits
Thesis Research Proposal 60 credits

You’ll need:

  • A Masters degree in a relevant discipline, from a UK-based HE institution or overseas equivalent.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience as a professional in an education setting.
  • An IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in any component) if English is not your first language.

Facilities

Careers

The EdD offers research training and career development to a broad range of professionals in areas relating to education, whether in schools, further or higher education, or elsewhere.

Typically students might be adult educators, contract researchers in HEIs, early years practitioners, FE and HE lecturers, head teachers, LA inspectors and advisers, primary and secondary teachers, senior administrators in national organisations, support staff, and educators in a range of professional organisations.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Staff

Enthusiastic, supportive and qualified to doctoral level, our academics offer high levels of expertise in research and are widely published. EdD supervisors have a wealth of experience across many facets of education and have been involved in major research projects, authored books, book chapters and journal articles, presented their research at major national and international conferences and secured research funding.

Dr Gill Forrester
Dr Gill ForresterAssociate Professor

I'm the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Education.

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Dr Lynn Machin
Dr Lynn MachinAward Leader and Senior Lecturer for PGCE (PCET)

I have 25 years teaching experience in further and higher education. For much of this time I've been involved in leadership, management and curriculum development within FE and HE.

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Dr Kim Slack
Dr Kim SlackSenior Research Fellow

My research has focused on issues around widening participation and the learning experience of young people and adults, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Professor Heather Eggins
Professor Heather EgginsVisiting Professor at the Institute for Education Policy Research

My research interests lie in the area of policy and strategy in higher education, with a particular interest in access issues and the impact of globalisation.

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Dr Duncan Hindmarch
Dr Duncan HindmarchSenior Lecturer

My enthusiasm for learning led me to qualify, design and deliver to initial and subject specialist teacher training courses. I have an interest in developing virtual learning environments to support learning.

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Dr Sarah Misra
Dr Sarah MisraLecturer

I'm currently involved in all leading on and teaching all aspects of the Primary PGCE.

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For the course starting on 5 October 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,163 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£6,250 per year of study

For the course starting on 2 March 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,163 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£6,250 per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Our students

about
Dr Louise Elizabeth Thornton
Doctor of Education

I would highly recommend the EdD course at Staffordshire University because the diversity of course content, staff support and guidance are outstanding. The course challenges you mentally and emotionally but this in turn assists in producing inspirations for better research.

The experiences enjoyed during the course prepare you to look at the world from a different perspective which will help to enhance your employment opportunities and help you to develop as an individual. To obtain this qualification is the ultimate goal in an individual’s educational journey.

 

about
Dr Marilyn (Mal) McHugh
Doctor of Education

My experience as a senior manager concerning widening participation (LSC, QCDA) and as a Head of Department for Health and Teacher Education in FE, fuelled an ambition to achieve a doctorate – to make a difference.

An induction programme provided thorough preparation for joining the award. Tutor expertise on the taught modules was stimulating with each module supporting assessment tasks. Supervision was rigorous with regular feedback to shape the research project. Peer support was also invaluable as were opportunities to be part of the University and wider academic community. T

he award opened new horizons to publish journal articles, conduct further research and importantly, to disseminate findings – making a difference.

about
Dr Julia Everitt
Graduate, Doctor of Education

The policy module was powerful and challenged my assumptions around policy creation and policy borrowing. The taught modules allowed me to build peer support which has remained with me beyond completion.

My supervisors were a complimentary team for my thesis subject, but also the doctoral process.The doctorate reinforced the research project cycle, but also the process of completing an academic journal article.

The EdD has assisted my transition from a background in adult and community learning into educational research in academia. I would recommend the EdD to other educational professionals. It is challenging, but worthwhile.

Dr Noel Fitzpatrick
Graduate, Doctor of Education

It makes me feel very proud and satisfied that all the time, effort, pain and sometimes downright frustration have paid off. I have to say it has not always been easy but the academic staff have been fabulous, thoroughly knowledgable and easy to contact when you needed help.

I can also vouch wholeheartedly for the admin support and the way the whole course is put together in a clearly structured modular fashion with solid progression and, if you need it, bale out points. I reserve a massive debt of gratitude for my supervisors, I could not have achieved this without their constant support and encouragement - absolutely spot on.

Dr Jane Rowley
Senior Research Fellow

Since completing the EdD, I have had opportunities to undertake research both overseas and in the UK, working with a much broader range of people than ever before: military charities, charities for older people, medicine and palliative care. The EdD offers a foundation in research which can broaden your practice and offer opportunities to collaborate beyond education into applied practical research.

Diane Atkinson
FE Careers Adviser

I have found the EdD modules to be extremely stimulating and rewarding. The excellent support offered by tutors, combined with the structured nature of the degree, has really helped me to cope with the challenges of working and studying at the same time.

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Mark Garratt
Principal Lecturer in Paramedic Science

The fantastic tutorial and peer support available within the EdD has given me the confidence to study at this level, and experience personal and academic development. This is helping me to explore some fascinating areas within my own professional field, and which will ultimately benefit my own students.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
Doctor of Education
Part-time
5 October 2019
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Doctor of Education
Part-time
2 March 2020

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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