Doctor of

Education

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate research
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2020
  • Course duration: Can be completed in four to eight years, part-time

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Education research at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) is designed for those in a range of education and education-related professions and provides an opportunity to study part-time for a doctorate in an area connected to professional practice.

Designed to combine with the work commitments of full-time professionals, the professional doctorate is a part-time modular programme which culminates into the submission of a doctoral thesis and examined by a viva voce oral examination.

The programme of study supports students to produce research that generates new knowledge within professional domains in order to advance the field. Research is developed in stages and students will, through a process of supervision and cohort workshops, produce and submit a series of documents based around a research topic with direct relevance to the candidate’s own professional interest and working life.

What you'll study

This course will provide you with an opportunity to undertake a research study in a subject that supports your practice and contributes to academic and professional knowledge.

The Doctor of Education is convened into two main stages: pre-thesis stage and thesis stage. In the first part of the doctorate you will study two modules that will help support the development of your research plans. The first module will support the development of your research plan and proposal. The second more substantive module will support the gradual development of your research through the production of three documents consisting of a critical literature review, a methodological rationale and approaches in data collection and analysis.

On completion of modules 1 and 2, you will transfer to stage 2 of the Doctor of Education. At stage 2, you will work towards your final thesis and a reflexive document that closes the gap between theory and practice in relation to your final thesis. Supporting the processes at all stages of the research process are a series of workshops that align to the modules you study and the documents you submit. They are:


* Research workshop one: Research plan, questions, aims, professional context and ethics
* Research workshop two: Critical literature review
* Research workshop three: Research design and methodology
* Research workshop four: Generating data and data analysis
* Research workshop five: The thesis, the viva and being the reflexive researcher

  • Your research project

    The documents you will submit are:

    Pre-thesis stage:

    * Document 1: Research plan (5,000 words accounting for 20 level 8 credits)

    * Document 2: Critical literature review, methodology, data collection and analysis (consisting of 3 x 10,000 word submissions for formative assessment followed by a 30,000 word submission for summative assessment all together accounting for 160 level 8 credits)

    Thesis stage:

    * Document 3: Thesis (45,000 words accounting for 160 level 8 credits)

    * Document 4: Reflective document (5,000 words accounting for 20 level 8 credits)

    A student who completes the pre-thesis stage of the course may be awarded the early exit award of MPhil.  To qualify for the MPhil, a student must demonstrate achievement of the Phase one learning outcomes by passing an MPhil thesis based upon Documents 1 and 2 (at least 360 credits including 180 at level 7 with the remainder at level 8) and also an oral examination.

    A student who completes both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the course (including the viva voce examination and any consequent amendments) may be awarded a Professional Doctorate in Education and bear the named award of Doctor of Education.

"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 Doctor of Education is taught via workshops and supervision.

Workshops

Workshops are delivered in 2-day blocks on a Friday and Saturday. There are five blocks to attend in total delivered over a minimum period of four years. Workshops are co-taught and delivered collectively to candidates studying a range of Professional Doctorates in related areas of practice. The professional doctorates have been drawn together by commonalties in:

* the philosophy of public and social professions
* the particular view of the nature of professional doctorates and professional development
* the structure for carrying out research and completing the doctorate
* the way in which the professional doctorate is assessed

Workshops are discursive and supported by access to online resources. Learning and teaching approaches are diverse and continually monitored and developed to take account of new research, external reports and through staff development.

Supervision

Supervision is provided throughout the course of study. You are assigned to at least two supervisors who you will work with on an individual basis from start to the completion and submission of your thesis.

The programme of study has been structured around the process of research but you will be expected to develop your understanding of particular subjects pertinent to your own research projects as an integral element of the enquiry process rather than being taught particular subjects within the programme.

How will I be assessed?

Unlike the PhD, which is assessed by a single thesis delivered at the end of the project, the professional doctorate structure involves students in shaping their research project around a sequence of four documents. The first two documents are submitted and assessed during the first four years of the programme of study. The remaining two documents are completed during the remainder of your time with us and are assessed by a viva voce examination.

The documents you will submit are:

Pre-thesis stage:
* Document 1: Research plan (5,000 words accounting for 20 level 8 credits)
* Document 2: Critical literature review, methodology, data collection and analysis (consisting of 3 x 10,000 word submissions for formative assessment followed by a 30,000 word submission for summative assessment all together accounting for 160 level 8 credits)

Thesis stage:
* Document 3: Thesis (45,000 words accounting for 160 level 8 credits)
* Document 4: Reflective document (5,000 words accounting for 20 level 8 credits)

Careers and Employability

The EdD is designed to enhance knowledge and practice for a range of professionals including practitioners, policy-makers, leaders and managers, academics, teachers and teaching-related staff. It is suitable for professionals working at all levels of education from early education, primary and secondary sectors, adult and further education, higher education as well as alternative sectors of education such as community education and alternative education.

Assessment methods

"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

The EdD is designed to enhance knowledge and practice for a range of professionals including practitioners, policy-makers, leaders and managers, academics, teachers and teaching-related staff. It is suitable for professionals working at all levels of education from early education, primary and secondary sectors, adult and further education, higher education as well as alternative sectors of education such as community education and alternative educat

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 contact us at Ask NTU 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 Doctoral 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.

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

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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

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Funding

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

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