The EdD is a structured three-and-a-half year part-time programme of study. The programme starts in May and you study in a cohort with other students.
Pattern of study
The first year centres on a literature review and an initial research study. The next two years comprise supported and supervised research.
Residential weekends and day schools
There are three compulsory residential weekends for students and supervisors:
- the Year 1 residential weekend in late June/early July
- the Year 2 day school in early/mid October
- the Year 3 day/residential school in early February.
You will complete 12 progress reports across Years 1, 2 and 3.
At the end of Year 1, students must pass a Year 1 Final Report before progressing to Year 2 of the programme.
Once you have completed your research you must complete a 55,000-word thesis which you submit and then defend via an oral examination to the satisfaction of the examiners. Your thesis must meet the expectations specified in the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
The thesis must demonstrate the relationship between theory and practice in education, and the ability to select and apply appropriate research methods.