Taught course

Education (Doctorate)

Teesside University · School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law
EdD by taught

Entry requirements

You are expected to be engaged as a professional in education and as such the preferred route for study is part-time. However, if you can make a compelling case for your likely success at completing the programme in a shorter, more intensive fashion, and are engaged in full-time employment then you may be considered for full-time study. The programme equates to 540 credits, of which up to 60 may be M Level credits. To be accepted onto the programme you will normally have achieved a relevant and appropriate Master's level qualification within the last 5 years and have at least 2 years professional experience in a relevant field. If you have yet to achieve this amount of M level credits then you could complete the required amount by studying two modules on our Master's in Education programme. If you have completed 60 credits in a relevant and appropriate level 7 programme of study within the last 5 years, for example, you have achieved a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in an education or research methods based programme, or have been awarded 60 credits on the Teesside University Master's in Education, you have advanced standing of 60 M level credits towards the EdD. In some circumstances you may be accepted with other experience or qualifications or involvement in educational research activity. All applications will be subject to interview, which will normally involve two members of the programme team and take place at Teesside University, (although this can be arranged to take place via Skype if necessary), and the furnishing of two suitable references concerning the candidate's academic attainment and fitness for research in the area of education. The interview will be informal but applicants will be expected to give considered answers to questions concerning their: • past educational experience • views on the relationship of research to practice • potential ideas for original research • reflections on their own ontological and epistemological stance The team will reach a decision on the application based on a judgement as to our ability to satisfactorily support the area of study or approach to research you seek to pursue.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course Details

The Doctorate in Education offers you the opportunity to combine advanced academic study with professional experience in a manner decided largely by you, with the support of a Director of Studies and the programme team.

The programme provides you with the chance to consider the foundations of your conception of research in the experience of educational practice and your stance as an educator-researcher before embarking on your thesis.

Initial modules focus on the philosophical and conceptual underpinnings of practice and research. You are encouraged to develop your reflexivity, positioning yourself as a critically informed practitioner within a field understood as inevitably problematic but open to exploration and possible change through research.

Whilst some educational doctorate provision provides a programme of modules covering aspects of sociology, psychology, education, research methods and health studies, this programme focuses on a core of reflection on the combination of research and educational praxis, remaining flexible in its assessment strategy so as to enable you to focus on your own area of interest. It will position you as a creative agent able to use academic study and practice to inform each other and synthesise the two to develop responses to challenges and opportunities in practice.

How you learn

This programme places the student as a researcher-practitioner at the centre of their own learning process. Student's research based learning and their identity as an academic-professional educator is the focus of a journey facilitated by a consistent lead tutor/Director of Studies, from the onset of the programme.

This takes place alongside a cohort based approach to ensure the peer learning and support that is highly valued by students undertaking professional doctorates and which is enhanced further by the shared delivery with the MA programme.

How you are assessed

The initial modules all provide 60 D level credits and focus on the practice of researching education practice and theory in a creative and critical way. Each requires a 6,000 word essay and is based around:

• successful creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research and advanced scholarship;
• the ability to continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level.

All the modules enable you to engage with issues of importance to educational practice and research in a manner that gives you responsibility for the focus of study and assessment, as is appropriate at this advanced level of study.

Module assessment strategies make use of your choice of study area to ensure that the subject of assessment is relevant to your own and/or your institution’s professional practice. This ensures an appropriate combination of academic study and professional focus as well as the understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of educational theory and practice.

The programme culminates in production of a thesis of around 55,000 words assessed by a viva voce.

(Modules offered may vary).

Career opportunities

The programme is designed to enable you to consolidate and build upon previous learning and experience in your working role. It is a key to new opportunities in education, whichever setting or sector you currently operate within.

It is intended to create close links between the programme activities and content in relation to on-going professional practice. You are likely to have already undergone considerable training and professional development but it is expected that this qualification will enhance your development even further.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTs 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each band.

Fees and funding

For information on funding please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration

EdD by taught

part time
72 months
full time
48 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment45
Dissertation55 (48000 words)

Course contact details

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