In each of the first two years (Stage 1) three intensive two-day, and one, one-day study blocks are held. There are also monthly Saturday morning Methodology sessions designed to introduce methodological concepts to students in Stage 1; Stage 2 students are expected to present work in progress at these sessions. These structured elements of the programme introduce students to research methods, tools for critical reflection, theoretical perspectives and research ethics.
The teaching and learning process developed in the programme draws upon a ‘spiral curriculum’ module within which ideas, issues and theories are introduced, revisited and further developed over time.
Teaching within the programme and the organisation of the programme is designed to suit the needs of part-time students. A distinctive feature of the programme is that students should take advantage of opportunities offered by a small cohort of similarly interested professionals.
The structure of the EdD allows for significant emphasises in collaboration and discursive learning during Stage 1, with a greater emphasis on individual work with supervisory support, together with opportunities for continued networking during Stage 2.
Support in completing the EdD
Within Stage 1, you will be allocated one Professional Doctorate Advisor (PDA) with expertise or academic interest in your chosen area of study. Your PDA will support you in completing your three assignments during Stage 1. Your PDA in Stage 1 usually becomes a member of your supervisory team in Stage 2, along with at least one other academic member of staff, chosen to provide appropriate expertise relating to the focus of your study. Your supervisory team will jointly guide you through the various stages and formal requirements of producing your final thesis. It is usual for PDAs and supervisors to offer feedback to students on their work via email as well as through face-to-face (or Skype or other technology) sessions.
In addition to individual PDA and supervisory support, there are varied modes of study and support for group and individual work:
- The programme includes cohort introduction to the EdD programme and the university, intensive study days including assignment workshops (seven days per year), taught research methods sessions (monthly Saturday mornings) and a series of evening research seminars offered by the Education Research Centre. The university also offers research training courses at various times in the academic year.
- Students are encouraged to take part in cohort-based action learning sets and to present work in progress at the annual postgraduate conference, as well as to participate in a series of conferences and seminars presented by the Centre for Learning and Teaching.
- Online education and methodology journals are accessible on-line off campus at all times.
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about the Doctorate in Education please contact:
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 643443
Dr Nadia Edmond
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 643448