Research course (will run subject to approval)

Professional Doctorate in Education

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Education and Continuing Studies
Qualifications
EdD

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience, and demonstration of the ability to study at postgraduate level. Applicants must be professionally engaged in the field of education in a way that enables them to achieve the programme learning outcomes. Applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

The EdD is a doctoral level qualification designed for professionals working within the education sector. It provides a structured programme of advanced scholarship and research which is of equivalent level to the traditional PhD, but which is orientated towards professional practice. The course is aimed at professionals across a range of educational contexts, including teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational consultants and early years practitioners.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • undertake a structured doctoral programme;
  • engage in explicit reflection on professional knowledge and practice;
  • experience peer learning and networking opportunities afforded by the cohort approach.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Some routes our graduates might pursue include:

  • lecturer
  • head teacher
  • educational consultant
  • researcher

Module Details

The taught element of the programme is completed over two years and focusses on developing the knowledge and skills to enable you to successfully complete a doctoral level research project. On successful completion of the taught phase and submission of a research proposal, you will be assigned a supervisory team to support you in the completion of your doctoral thesis.

Core units you will study include:

  • Professional Review and Development
  • Advanced Research Techniques
  • Publication and Dissemination
  • Professional Research and Development Research Proposal

Programme Assessment

The taught element of the course is delivered through workshops and online discussions (Moodle). The programme of themed workshops will include seminars led by the course team and opportunities for interactive group work. You will also have access to a Moodle site which contains relevant links and resources and which will enable discussions to continue between formal workshops.

As well as this, you will also be required to undertake independent study to supplement the formal teaching sessions, with appropriate guidance from a tutor or thesis supervisor.

There is a wide variety of different assessments aimed at integrating academic knowledge and professional practice, including:

  • a reflective practice assignment
  • a review of an academic journal article
  • a small scale research project
  • a research proposal
  • a thesis viva voce examination

Student Destinations

As you will already be in employment, this qualification is aimed at enhancing career opportunities within professional practice. However, students on other professional doctorate studies have found the qualification useful in developing their links with the higher education sector, e.g. through guest lecturing, part time teaching or joint publications with academic staff.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Lecturer
  • Researcher

Qualification and course duration

EdD

part time
48-72 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566