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Programme description

The programme is aimed primarily at home students already engaged in education, training or professional development in the UK. This does not preclude non-British nationals applying for the programme but it is expected that participants will be employed in the UK and are able to pursue a part-time student registration. The focus throughout the programme is on research methodology as it applies to research that participants will conduct on their own practice or on an aspect of their professional culture.

The first two years of the course are structured around three areas: 'Reading Research', 'Planning Research', and 'Research Methods in Action'.  Participants are required to submit three research papers on these areas (each of approximately 10,000 words) in the first two years at a standard suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal.  This coursework will inform your thinking and writing for your research thesis of 40,000 to 50,000 words in years three to six of the programme.  In addition to support from the core EdD team, you will be assigned a specialist supervisory team who will assist in the development of your work.  All research papers have to be completed successfully before progression to the thesis element of the programme.

EdD participants meet for seven study weekends per year (Friday/Saturday) for the first two years of the programme. Study is also supported by individual tutorial and comprehensive written materials which include course notes, guided readings, reference lists and short tasks to complete. Once in the thesis stage of the programme, attendance for individual supervision is required as agreed with the supervisor.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: