Doctor of

Education

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate research
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2019 (TBC)
  • Course duration: Can be completed in four to eight years, part-time

Education research at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

Make your mark on the education sector, by shaping the practice and theories of tomorrow. Our Professional Doctorate has consistently delivered world class research, to enhance knowledge, methodology, and critical thinking in the field of education - at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), we’re committed to supporting research that improves lives, and society.

This programme looks at the interdependence of theory and method across the sector, from a social perspective - taught modules lead up to your dissertation, when you will introduce and illuminate an exciting new area of academic enquiry.

You’ll explore the relationship between policy, practice, and professional knowledge - on this course, you’ll develop your own arguments and critical standpoints, growing as a professional and a person. NTU’s Professional Doctorate in Education explores the nexus of understanding the world, and changing it. Engage with new ideas, and perspectives – put yourself at the forefront of knowledge and critical thinking in the education sector, and make a meaningful difference.

What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

Unlike the PhD, which is assessed by a single thesis delivered at the end of the project, the Professional Doctorate structure involves you in shaping your research project around a sequence of documents, the first four of which are submitted and assessed during the first three years of the project.

  • Your research project

    The sequence of documents is:

    • Document One (5,000 words) – a research proposal setting out the research question or questions, the professional context, how the question or questions will be investigated and any ethical issues.
    • Document Two (15, 000 words) – a literature review analysing the professional and academic literature on the subject, together with literature on the methodology of your enquiry.
    • Document Three (15, 000 words) – a research report on a small study that informs your overall research question. This may involve, for example, a pilot study, an investigation of a subsidiary issue that informs the main research question.
    • Document Four (15, 000 words) – a second research report on a small study that informs your overall research question. This should contrast with Document 3 in some way, for example by chosen research method.
    • Document Five (30, 000 words) – is the main thesis which answers your overall research question. It will draw on the previous documents but is likely to contain additional literature analysis and may include additional investigation.
    • Document Six (5, 000 words) – a reflective report on your experiences and development as a researcher.

    Students who successfully complete the first four modules and who wish to terminate their studies will normally be eligible for an MPhil award. The final module, comprising a thesis and critical reflections on reflexive changes in knowledge derived from your own study will be examined by viva voce examination.

"I can see the benefits in terms of addressing a problem in more width and depth, to enable me to see different layers and different perspectives."

Philoria, Hong Kong

How you’re taught

The Professional Doctorate in Education involves you in two formal elements of activity: workshops and supervision of your own research projects.

Workshops

You will attend four, two-day workshops in Nottingham, in each of the first three years of your study. These are co-taught with the Social Practice and Legal Practice Professional Doctorates and address topics that are generically relevant to research at doctorate level. Each workshop or group of workshops is linked to a specific stage in the project.

Supervision

Each student is assigned a team of supervisors for their individual research project. The team of supervisors will normally be staff from Education although there may be circumstances where cross-subject supervision is appropriate. This team will provide individual support for the completion of each document.

How will I be assessed?

To obtain a doctorate in Education (Ed. D.) students must pass each document within the course (360 credits at D level). The research is concluded with a viva voce examination based on Documents five and six.

To obtain an M.Phil. students must pass all four modules normally presented in the first two years of the course (240 credits at D level).

Teaching and learning

The Graduate School is committed to enhancing the quality of experience by providing a learning and teaching framework that supports independent and lifelong learners. Learning and Teaching approaches are diverse and continually monitored and developed to take account of new research, external reports and through staff development.

"I found this programme really helpful because its been very personalised and it's given me a lot of support in investigating what it is I'm interested in."
Jennifer Swineheart

Careers and employability

Students are normally working within a professional contents prior to starting the course. However, the Professional Doctorate opens significant possibilities for research and research-based development work in higher education and within a multiplicity of associated institutions.

In addition to undertaking further research, your wide-ranging background reading, together with your highly-tuned skills of analysis and synthesis, make you a sought after individual in wide spectrum of posts. This include policy analysis, policy implementation and development, through to teaching and lecturing in a wide range of different institutions.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • A Masters-level qualification awarded by an approved university in an appropriate subject, or equivalent.
  • An alternative qualification or qualifications and / or evidence judged by us as satisfactory indication of potential to conduct research at higher degree level.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

As you're applying for a research degree (MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorates), you will need to submit a statement about the subject you wish to research. Please see our Graduate School pages for more information about this.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need:

  • A Masters-level qualification awarded by an approved university in an appropriate subject, or equivalent.
  • An alternative qualification or qualifications and / or evidence judged by us as satisfactory indication of potential to conduct research at higher degree level.

As you're applying for a research degree (MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorates), you will need to submit a statement about the subject you wish to research. Please see our Graduate School pages for more information about this.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

  1. Complete an application form
  2. Produce a research proposal
  3. Provide two references

Download the application form, find out how to apply, and how to prepare your research proposal on our Research pages.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

For further information, please contact the Graduate School Administrator by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8154.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please visit our research pages for information about how to make your application.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Fees

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Funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service. Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees

See our Fees page for details.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Still need help?

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