Teesside University

Teesside University

Education

The Doctorate in Education offers students the opportunity to combine advanced academic study with professional experience in a manner decided largely by the student, with the support of a Director of Studies and the programme team. The programme provides students with the chance to consider the foundations of their conception of research in the experience of educational practice and their stance as an educator-researcher before embarking on a thesis. Initial modules focus on the philosophical and conceptual underpinnings of practice and research. Students are encouraged to develop their reflexivity, positioning themselves as a critically informed practitioner within a field understood as inevitably problematic but open to exploration and possible change through research. Whilst some educational doctorate provision provides a programme of modules covering aspects of sociology, psychology, education, research methods and health studies, this programme focuses on a core of reflection on the combination of research and educational praxis, remaining flexible in its assessment strategy so as to enable students to focus on their own area of interest. It will position students as creative agents able to use academic study and practice to inform each other and synthesise the two to develop responses to challenges and opportunities in practice.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to be engaged as a professional in education and as such the preferred route for study is part-time. However, applicants who can make a compelling case for their likely success at completing the programme in a shorter, more intensive fashion, and are engaged in full-time employment, may be considered for full-time study. To be accepted onto the programme students will normally have achieved a relevant and appropriate Master's level qualification within the last 5 years and have at least 2 years professional experience in a relevant field. Applicants who have yet to achieve this amount of M level credits could complete the required amount by studying 2 modules on our Master's in Education programme. Applicants who have completed 60 credits in a relevant and appropriate level 7 programme of study within the last 5 years, for example, a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in an education or research methods based programme, or have been awarded 60 credits on the Teesside University Master's in Education, have advanced standing of 60 M level credits towards the EdD. In some circumstances applicants may be accepted with other experience or qualifications or involvement in educational research activity. All applications will be subject to interview, which will normally involve 2 members of the programme team and take place at Teesside University, (although this can be arranged to take place via Skype if necessary), and the furnishing of 2 suitable references concerning the candidate's academic attainment and fitness for research in the area of education. The interview will be informal but applicants will be expected to give considered answers to questions concerning their past educational experience, views on the relationship of research to practice, potential ideas for original research and reflections on their own ontological and epistemological stance. The team will reach a decision on the application based on a judgement as to our ability to satisfactorily support the area of study or approach to research the applicant wishes to pursue.

Course modules

Core modules include: Advanced independent study; communities of practice: educational perspectives; curriculum, pedagogy and politics; educational research: practice and planning; educational research: theory, methodology and practice; inclusion; synthesising educational research and theory (modules offered may vary).

Assessment methods

The initial modules all provide 60 D level credits and focus on the practice of researching education practice and theory in a creative and critical way. Each requires a 6,000 word essay and is based around successful creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research and advanced scholarship, the ability to continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level. All the modules enable students to engage with issues of importance to educational practice and research in a manner that gives students the responsibility for the focus of study and assessment, as is appropriate at this advanced level of study. Module assessment strategies make use of the student's choice of study area to ensure that the subject of assessment is relevant to their own and/or their institution's professional practice. This ensures an appropriate combination of academic study and professional focus as well as the understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of educational theory and practice. The programme culminates in production of a thesis of around 55,000 words assessed by a viva voce.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
EdD Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Wales) 3 years
EdD Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (EU) 3 years
EdD Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (England) 3 years
EdD Full-time September 2016 GBP 32,850 per Whole course (International) 3 years
EdD Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 3 years
EdD Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Scotland) 3 years
EdD Part-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (EU) 4 years
EdD Part-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (England) 4 years
EdD Part-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 4 years
EdD Part-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Scotland) 4 years
EdD Part-time September 2016 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Wales) 4 years
EdD Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Wales) 3 years
EdD Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (EU) 3 years
EdD Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (England) 3 years
EdD Full-time January 2017 GBP 32,850 per Whole course (International) 3 years
EdD Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 3 years
EdD Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Scotland) 3 years
EdD Part-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (EU) 4 years
EdD Part-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (England) 4 years
EdD Part-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 4 years
EdD Part-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Scotland) 4 years
EdD Part-time January 2017 GBP 13,770 per Whole course (Wales) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teeside University Darlington Darlington DL1 1ET North East

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