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  • Duration:

    Usually 3-5 years

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September/October 2020

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Why study this programme?

The EdD at UCLan has been running successfully since 2011. The new version of the course, launched in 2020, has been refined for an even better student experience. The course is designed as a route to a doctorate for professionals working in educational settings. The first year modules focus on researching as a professional practitioner, examining policy and preparing the student for designing their own research project.

The second year modules help students to develop an in-depth understanding of academic writing and of theoretical perspectives in research in education, alongside beginning their own independent research project.

Each student will be allocated a supervisory team as well as having access to module tutors and the course leader, all of whom have expertise in doctoral level study.

Previous graduates have lauded the programme, having received promotions at work and new careers as academics.

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Entry Requirements

Masters in Education or related subject (at Merit or above).

Places will be offered subject to a satisfactory written proposal and interview.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • Module 1 (EH5008) -  Professional Practice and Policy (40 credits)
  • Module 2 (EH5009) -  Research Design (40 credits)

Year 2

  • Module 3 (EH5010) – Theoretical Perspectives (60 credits)
  • Module 4 (EH5011) – Research, Reflexivity and Writing (40 credits)

Year 3-5

  • Module 5 (EH5012) – The Doctoral Thesis (360 credits)

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 to and support through a community of peers, actively researching academics, and supervisors and colleagues from various settings. Participants come together in regular sessions which are structured around the modules. In addition participants are allocated 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, e.g. 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 is about the creation of professional knowledge relating to education for researching professionals. The relationship between the workplace and research is therefore closely interconnected.

The doctorate in education at UCLan takes a flexible approach to achieving this award. The modular structure provides a helpful frame for designing and developing the project – particularly for busy educators or practitioners. The diversity of the cohort was a real advantage throughout, as was the approach the course director took to programme content and delivery. The advice to start writing from the outset, and to complete module assessments within the context of your study was invaluable when it came to the final write up.

Dr Amanda Taylor-Beswick, Queens University Belfast, graduated 2019

Undertaking this professional doctorate gave me the confidence to engage in a world far wider than any I could have foreseen when I became a nurse educator and reached far beyond the confines of the university and nurse education. I remember, before beginning the Ed.D, feeling that my academic career was spiralling out of control as I grabbed at every opportunity to support my development but had no real focus. Embarking on my doctoral journey was a journey of discovery, not only about the research process and education but also about myself and the impact and power of the doctoral process.  Undertaking this doctorate gave me the confidence to engage in Higher Education at regional. national and International levels and also explore my own doctoral identity. An added bonus was that the whole process was extremely enjoyable and I made real friends, something that I had not expected from undertaking a doctorate!

Dr Susan Ramsdale, University of Manchester, graduated 2017

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £2,650 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

Because this is a professional doctorate, participants are all part-time students and highly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable 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 with tutors and supervisors 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, both face-to-face and online, 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, academic 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


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

As part of becoming a Doctor in Education, 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 research community at UCLan and national and international professional academic bodies.

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