Research course

Doctorate of Education

Institution
University of Gloucestershire · School of Education and Humanities
Qualifications
Doctorate

Entry requirements

  • A master’s degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject
  • Professional experience of an educational role or setting
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 2019.

Students work cross a range of education sectors, including higher education, local authorities, schools and colleges, and early years settings. The EdD enables students to both challenge and enhance their practice through engagement with relevant theory, policy and empirical research. There are taught sessions in groups and individual one-to-one supervisions in addition to visiting international professors and fellows who enhance provision.

The EdD differs from a PhD in that it is primarily focused on professional rather than theoretical issues and is aimed at those who have already been employed in the education sector for a number of years, as lecturers, teachers, consultants, advisers or inspectors. It enables students to both challenge and enhance their practice through engagement with relevant theory, policy and empirical research. There are taught sessions in groups and individual 1 to 1 supervisions, in addition to visiting international professors and fellows, who enhance provision.

The taught phase introduces students to methodological, political, philosophical, sociological and epistemological concepts that will underpin issues that emerge from the professional context. This taught phase immerses students in a supportive community and comprises four modules – three with academic content and one focused on research methods. The entire programme has four cross-cutting themes: Leadership, Inclusion, Sustainability and Childhood, Youth, Families and Community.

During the thesis phase students work on a subject area of their choice and are supported by two supervisors. On successful completion, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the conceptual frameworks and policy background relevant to their chosen focus of study (e.g. inclusive education, educational leadership or other aspect of education), and show a critical review of alternative models.
  • Develop strategic thinking and critical analytical thought to improve and guide their own, and others’, practice.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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Enquiries
Email
enquiries@glos.ac.uk
Phone
03330 141414