If you’re a working professional committed to extending your understanding and improving your practice, the Doctor of Education (EdD) is an excellent choice.
Education in its broadest sense
Our Doctor of Education (EdD) has a broad appeal: you don’t have to be a teacher, tutor or lecturer to benefit. The programme is relevant to professionals engaged in learning, teaching, coaching, development, education policy and administration in a vast range of occupations and settings.
Our students work in education establishments, health and social care, commercial management and training, organisational development and improvement, business and the voluntary sector.
Research with real impact
This is an intellectually challenging programme which stimulates your professional thinking. We will equip you to undertake a substantial, robust research project in the context of your own practice.
Directly relevant to your working role, your independent study enables you to create and interpret new professional knowledge, support innovative approaches and improve quality. It yields significant benefits for your organisation and your own potential for further career development.
Structured for success
The first two years of the programme are designed to build your skills and confidence to engage in doctoral level study and to research your professional field. Individual tutorials offer essential guidance to steer your progress and thought-provoking seminar groups enable you to share experiences with fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds.
This provides a firm foundation for your independent research during years three to six as you develop your thesis under the supervision of a Director of Studies.
Academic rigour and expertise
Our Doctor of Education (EdD) is delivered by experienced tutors and supervisors who have expertise across all educational spheres and regularly publish their work. They will keep you abreast of latest thinking and challenge your perceptions.
The programme draws on the cutting-edge educational research for which the University is renowned. Conducting influential studies on everything from early years to adult learning, we provide consultancy for Government, schools and the wider education sector. It means your learning will be underpinned by innovative ideas which are changing the face of the education professions.
Theory for Practice
The first stage of the course is the Theory for Practice stage and usually takes two years to complete.
You will study the following modules over the first two years of the course:
- Engaging with Study at Professional Doctoral Level
- Identifying Your Research Area
- Philosophy and Practice of Research
- Independent Research
Years three to six
During years three to six, you will be registered on the Independent Research for Practice module where you will develop your research thesis.
You’ll study this module:
Independent Research for Practice
During this module, you'll prepare a substantial piece of research that will form the thesis element of your Doctorate. Your thesis will be between 50,000 and 60,000 words and, following its submission, you will undertake an oral exam that will enable you to discuss your ideas and arguments with experts in your academic field.
You’ll be supervised by two qualified supervisors from your field of study throughout this period.
During the Theory for Practice stage, you will be taught as a cohort in seminar groups supported by individual tutorials. These sessions will enable you to build a close relationship with your tutors and other students. Each module is organised as blocks of intensive teaching of between 3 and 8 days.
How you're assessed
Assessments provide a variety and range of tasks which go beyond the requirements of the academic essay. These facilitate professionals such as yourself in articulating and disseminating your expertise.
Over the course of the whole programme, you will undertake the following:
- An analysis of the nature of practitioner research within professional practice (3000 words).
- A reflective literature review focused on your area of study (5000 words).
- An extended essay (10,000 words) justifying your chosen educational research methodology for your professional research. You will consider research ethics and an appreciation of contemporary philosophical debates about educational research.
- A viva voce examination of a professionally researched thesis (50,000 - 60,000 words).
You will usually hold a masters award in an appropriate academic field, and have significant experience of work within your professional practice (usually two years minimum).
You should have high levels of competence in English. If necessary, this should be demonstrated by IELTS 6.5.
All suitable applicants will be interviewed.
As the EdD programme is only delivered part-time, we regret that we cannot take international students as this would contravene UKBA regulations.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£3000 per year
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
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Our students choose this programme as a crucial part of their personal and professional development. You will gain impressive skills in research, analysis, critical and strategic thinking which will enhance your performance in your current role while paving the way to further career opportunities. The doctorate is often a stepping stone to more senior leadership roles.
You will also have the satisfaction of contributing to the body of professional knowledge in your specialist area, raising your profile and status.
“The University has helped me to develop my skills as an educator and a researcher. It has supported me in being creative, reflective and passionate about what I do. Colleagues willingly ‘took me under their wing’, nurtured and supported me, and allowed me to fly in ways that I never thought I would be able to.”
Dr. Simon Brownhill, graduate
“An excellent opportunity to not only research, but to research in your field of practice.”
Kuldeep Banwait, current student
† Additional information about your studies
Part-time only: Minimum of four years. Normal registration period is six years.
This course commences in October (UK and EU students only)
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.