London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University


The course has a specific focus on social justice and social inclusion. It is aimed at experienced educational professionals who would like to undertake a substantial investigation into an area of professional practice in education. We offer a programme of research-based professional development for experienced professionals who have educational responsibilities within their employment. It is designed to encourage practitioners at doctoral level to: Undertake critical reflection; acquire knowledge of contemporary educational policy developments and processes; develop the ability to challenge in an innovative, substantive and original manner the adequacy of existing knowledge of policy developments and professional practice; develop the capacity of defining, undertaking and evaluating research on educational policy and professional practice; examine the dynamics of social class, gender and ethnicity in educational policy from a social justice perspective; develop their own distinctive approach to research.

Entry requirements

A Master�s degree from a UK university (in addition to a 1st degree) or an overseas equivalent, plus at least 3 years full-time experience in a relevant professional area. Candidates without a Master's degree may be admitted to the programme on the basis of a portfolio of prior professional work of Masters level equivalence. Applicants whose first language is not English, need to demonstrate the appropriate level measured by IELTS, TOEFL or the EASE test.

Course modules

Year 1: Education policy and social justice (an overview); introduction to theories and methodologies of educational research; evaluating research and reflecting on its uses in professional contexts. Year 2: Policy, practice and social justice in educational institutions; research proposal and presentation; conducting educational research (a pilot study). Year 3 onward: Research-based thesis.

Assessment methods

Each module in the taught part of the course is assessed by an assignment of 4,000-5,000 words. The Research Thesis (40,000�50,000 words) should form a contribution to the knowledge of the subject area and show evidence of originality, either by the discovery of new evidence, or by the exercise of independent critical power. A reflective statement (2,000 words) summarising what the student has learned from the course as a whole and how this has impacted on their professional practice must be submitted along with the thesis. The thesis is examined by two examiners, at least one of whom must be external to the university, through a viva voce.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
EdD Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Holloway Islington N7 8DB South East

Key information

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