Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)

 
  

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Qualification
EdD
Duration
6 years part-time
Entry requirements
Masters degree in a relevant discipline and a 2:1 (or international equivalent)

Applicants should also have at least two years of professional experience in a relevant field or another suitable qualification
IELTS
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October
School/department
Professional Doctorate in Education
Other requirements
You will need a 750 word piece on a current problem related to your professional practice, two academic references and academic transcripts/certificates

Research overview

Professional Doctorates are doctoral level qualifications, equivalent to traditional PhDs. They are rigorous, part-time programmes of advanced applied study and research, specifically designed to meet the needs of practising professionals. They provide a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly inquiry to explore specific areas of interest.

This EdD programme is an opportunity for experienced education professionals to develop the critical knowledge and skills necessary to undertake their own research and thereby improve their educational practices and contexts.

The programme brings people together from across education sectors to work as a cohort in a series of weekend study schools and then on an extended piece of original research. The programme is taught by an established team of nationally and internationally recognised education scholars who boast a wide range of expertise and experience in research, teaching and policy work.

The EdD has a focus on theoretically-informed, applied educational research as a basis for understanding and transforming education understanding, practices and contexts across a range of sectors. It seeks to explore the connections between policy, research and professional knowledge and practice. At all times you will be expected to develop your own arguments and critical standpoint in relation to education research.

In Part II of the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme you will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to the field of study. You should attend a personal consultation with your tutors at least six times in a calendar year.

View our how to apply page for further details on entry requirements and what to include with your application.

 

Facilities

School facilities

You will have access to outstanding facilities, with an exceptional ICT and Learning Resource Centre, personal workstations for full-time MPhil/PhD students and a dedicated drop-in work centre for part-time students.

The computers offer the full Microsoft Office suite of programmes as well as internet access and a range of education-specific software packages. These computers are networked to a printer, and there is also a photocopier.

Library facilities

The Education Library is situated with the Djanogly Learning Resource Centre (DLRC) on the Jubilee Campus. All students who are connected to the internet will be able to access the library's electronic services via a given username.

An inter-library loan service is available to all registered students. On joining the library, you will be automatically allocated a quota from the library UNLOC catalogue.

Graduate School

Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.

You will have access to a dedicated space on Jubilee Campus, which includes a seminar room, lounge area, Wi-Fi, networked computers and a well-equipped kitchen.

 

Research support

Tutorial support and feedback

Tutors will provide you with appropriate support and guidance on request to assist you in the preparation, process, and writing-up stages of your work.

Your tutors will provide you with written comments on each assignment, and you are invited to make contact with the tutors to discuss this feedback. The written comments will include the un-moderated grades (ie. subject to amendments by the Examinations Board) and advice for future action where appropriate.

Because you will be working at an advanced level, we assume that much of your time will be spent planning and carrying out systematic inquiries and preparation for assignments and dissertation. The role of your tutor will be crucial in providing intellectual and moral support and challenge for these processes. Tutors regard this support role as a high professional priority.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counselling, financial support and childcare services.

International Office

The International Office ensures EU and international students have all the information they need to live and study at Nottingham. It offers a welcome programme just before the start of the academic year.

Centre for English Language Education

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated postgraduate officer.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.

As well as helping you to develop your research skills, this offers you opportunities to enhance your communication skills, career prospects, time management and entrepreneurship, as well as meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.

 

Find a supervisor

The programme is taught by an established team of nationally and internationally recognised education scholars who boast a wide range of expertise and experience in research, teaching and policy work. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.

 

Funding

There are many ways to fund your research study including studentship opportunities. Funding information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

Midlands Graduate School

Nottingham is part of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, which offers funding opportunities for postgraduate students each year.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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