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3 - 5 Years
September 2024

This course has been specially designed for professionals working in educational settings, enabling you to gain a doctorate level qualification.

Why study with us

  • Be part of a thriving and supportive community of academics who are active researchers
  • Enhance your career and join a network of highly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable professionals
  • Study locally, while working with a supervisory team of research experts

What you'll do

  • Throughout the programme, you’ll benefit from regular seminars and workshops hosted by high profile experts.
  • As part of becoming a Doctor in Education, you’ll become a member of a growing number of practitioner researchers contributing to your field.
  • You will get invited to annual network events and conferences sponsored by the university’s research community. You'll also get invited to a range of national and international professional academic bodies.

Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • EH5008: Professional Practice and Policy in Education Research
  • EH5009: Research Design

EH5008: Professional Practice and Policy in Education Research

The module content will include: Developing an understanding of the requirements of doctoral level study in Education. Enhancing knowledge of relevant literature and extending understanding of appropriate policy-related concepts and issues. Examining the position of the practitioner-researcher and ethical considerations in research. Developing critical engagement with social and educational theory. Content will be partly framed by individual participants’ research, allowing them to explore and develop their doctoral research within the professional setting.

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Sharon McCulloch
Dr Sharon McCulloch
Senior Lecturer in Language and Education
School of Psychology and Humanities

Sharon is course leader of the EdD. She researches and publishes on EAP and academic literacies, especially how academic writing and writing for research publication purposes intersect with various socio-cultural and socio-political aspects of higher education. She has worked as ...

Professor Candice Satchwell
Professor of Literacies and Education
School of Psychology and Humanities

Candice has extensive experience of research in a wide range of educational and community settings, examining uses of literacies in life. Her current research uses a participatory approach with disadvantaged children and young people, employing narrative, fiction and arts-based m...

Future careers

Previous graduates have gone on to advance their careers, gaining promotion at work and/or taking on new roles as academics. 

Fees and funding

Part-time£2,500 per year
Part-time£2,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

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