Taught course

Doctor of Education

Newman University · Department of Education and Professional Studies
EdD by taught

Entry requirements

Admissions criteria: The University’s requirements for admission to a programme of study leading to the award of a Professional Doctorate are that an applicant should: [a] submit an application form including a summary statement to indicate how undertaking study at the level of a professional doctorate relates to the applicant’s professional context; AND [b] normally possess: EITHER a Master’s degree at merit or distinction level in a relevant discipline from a UK University; OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK, AND [c] have at least 3 years’ significant and relevant experience in a professional area appropriate to the programme of study. Applicants who do not meet clause b above, but do meet clauses a and c, may be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate programme only. Successful completion of Part One would enable a student to progress to Part Two, should they wish to complete a Professional Doctorate. In addition to satisfying the requirements above, applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Education (EdD) has been specifically designed for professionals working in a variety of education-related, public service and charity sectors and who are ready to make the next step to doctoral study in part-time mode. Those joining the programme will typically come from occupational backgrounds such as teaching, learning support, advisory roles, police work, social work and health-related professions. The shared interest for this student community will be a desire to pursue an area of doctoral research related to and drawing on their professional work with the aim of creating new knowledge, applications and understanding that will bring both personal benefits and a contribution of originality and innovation in the wider professional and academic community.

Validated by Liverpool Hope University, the programme has a strong emphasis on individualised learning and personal critical reflection related to professional identities, values and contexts. The programme provides a structured environment in which students engage at an advanced level with a range of academic and professional issues relevant to their own practice. The learning and teaching strategy seeks to develop key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical self-reflexive analysis through a blend of academic and professional themes.

The programme has a minimum registration period of four years and is taught over a series of five study week-ends divided into two parts. In the first of these, students undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each) involving Professional Identity and Values; Knowledge, Truth and Values in Research; Research Skills and Methods. This is followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits), which forms the foundation for the supervised thesis in part 2 on a research question related to individual professional practice.

The professional doctorate is undertaken on a part time basis. Part One (Years 1 and 2) consists of three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each), followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits) on a research question broadly related to professional practice. On successful completion of Part One, students progress to Part Two (Years 3 and 4) which comprises a substantial independent research project (60,000 words).

Qualification and course duration

EdD by taught

full time
48 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (60,000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Dave Trotman
01214761181 ext 2252