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  • Duration:

    Part-time: Usually five-seven years.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    January

  • Award Type:

    EdD

Why study this programme?

The programme builds upon an existing suite of awards for the professional education of practitioners. The two-stage structure (MEd/EdD) means educational practitioners can progressively develop their research in practice part-time culminating in doctoral research. The doctorate uses existing Masters modules for Stage 1. Stage 2 comprises new modules at Level 8 taking participants through to their final thesis. 

Entry Requirements

The learning environment provides a structured framework to support busy professionals in timely completion of their doctoral study. It focuses on providing access and support through a community of peers, actively researching academic and supervisors and colleagues from various settings studying on the programme. Participants come together in regular monthly sessions which are structured around the modules and doctoral process. In addition participants are allocated to a supervisory team for one-to-one meetings and they can also access the excellent support programmes provided through the Research Student Registry.

Assessment is designed to support participants on the research journey and thesis production, so participants are encouraged to write papers exploring elements of research and knowledge creation activity. In addition participants will engage in assessment which is complementary to professional development as practitioner researchers and will include critical discussions, poster presentations, conference papers, abstract submissions, articles, viva preparation and reflexive writing.

Programme at a Glance

For information about progression from MEd see Masters in Professional Practice in Education .

Participants complete a Bridging Module EH4120, in which they develop the basis of a research proposal.

All EdD modules are compulsory

Year 1

80 Credits:

  • EH5000 Research Methods for Professional Practitioner Inquiry (Semester 1)
  • EH5003 Policy and Contemporary Issues in Education (semester 2).
  • EH5001 Research and Practice module (year-long)

Year 2

80 credits:

  • EH5002 Research Analysis and Evaluation (Semester 1)
  • EH5004 Situating and Enacting Educational Development in Organisational Settings (Semester 2)
  • EH5006 Consolidating Research and Practice (year-long)
  • EH5005 Processes of Professional Learning in Context focusing on practitioner development and learning - completed in thesis year

Year 3 – 4

200 credits:

• EH5007 The ‘Doctoral Thesis’ (200 credits), oral examination and completion of reflective module


Postgraduate Advice Event

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The learning environment provides a structured framework to support busy professionals in timely completion of their doctoral study. It focuses on providing access and support through a community of peers, actively researching academic and supervisors and colleagues from various settings studying on the programme. Participants come together in regular monthly sessions which are structured around the modules and doctoral process. In addition participants are allocated to a supervisory team for one-to-one meetings and they can also access the excellent support programmes provided through the Graduate Research School.

Assessment is designed to support participants on the research journey and thesis production, so participants are encouraged to write papers exploring elements of research and knowledge creation activity. In addition participants will engage in assessment which is complementary to professional development as practitioner researchers and will include critical discussions, poster presentations, conference papers, abstract submissions, articles, viva preparation and reflexive writing.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To enable participants to make a contribution to both theory and practice in relation to their educational setting
  • To enable participants to develop professional practice through making an original contribution to professional knowledge.

This is a professional doctorate and hence is about the creation of professional knowledge in and around and for the workplace by researching professionals. The relationship between the workplace and research is therefore closely interconnected.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: Stage 1 £625 per 20 credit module, Stage 2 £3,375 (thesis) Stage 3 £750 (writing up)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

Because this is a professional doctorate, participants are all part-time students and highly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable full-time professionals. This means participants become members of a rich community of practice and part of a valuable network.

The programme itself is enhanced through a series of seminars by visiting and high profile experts from various educational fields.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is about researching and developing educational practice therefore your work environment will form a key learning resource. Study days and contact will involve you with a 'community of professional practitioners and researchers', through which you will engage in peer critique, collaborative learning and dissemination, and reflection. You will be encouraged to take an active part in the community of practice around the doctorate, face-to-face, via eLearn, in seminars and research events. Teaching and learning methods will include case analyses, workshops, visiting speakers, directed and independent reading, work based learning, learning sets, practice focused assignments, research supervision.

Learning will be assessed using a variety of approaches which whilst assessing your learning and progress will also help participants develop communication skills relevant to an advanced practitioner. These will include: written assignments, papers, oral presentations and critical debate, dialogue, progression meetings and reflective logs. The final assessment is the doctoral thesis and oral examination.

Academic Expertise

Dr Candice Satchwell - Course Leader
Dr Paul Doherty
Dr Chris Hough

Opportunities

Graduates from the doctorate can anticipate profound impact on their careers, career progression and efficacy within the work setting.

Whilst progression from the professional doctorate to further study is unlikely, you will be invited to become a member of a growing number of practitioner-researchers, and to contribute to annual network events and conferences sponsored by the Centre of Applied Education Research.

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