Education EdD, Doctor of

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time study

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2020

29 November 2019

For PGR start date April 2020

11 February 2020

For PGR start date September 2020

02 July 2020

About the research degree

The Doctor of Education is a research degree for experienced educational professionals and is equivalent to the PhD. It differs from the PhD in providing formally assessed research training during the first year. The course recruits from a wide variety of educational contexts and offers a comprehensive programme of study and training in quantitative and qualitative research techniques. One of the strengths of the course is the sense of group cohesion, which is developed in year one.

[b]Research in education[/b]

Our research students are supported by research active academic staff. Ongoing research underpins the School’s reputation for developing professionals. A vibrant and dynamic research culture include a seminar series, lectures by external speakers, funded research projects, book publications and journal articles. Our Research Centre and active research groups reflect emergent research areas led by our senior academics.

The School has a designated Research Centre; The Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society (HUDCRES) and various research groups here. The School of Education and Development has a research environment and was judged by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise to ‘be conducive to producing internationally recognised and internationally excellent research’.

The School of Education and Professional Development offers a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research students from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds. The School has provided opportunities for study at PhD, EdD and Masters level for over twenty years, and many of the graduates from our postgraduate research programmes now occupy senior positions in the education systems of the UK and countries overseas.

Course detail

The four taught modules are completed in the first year of study through attending full day sessions on 13 Saturdays. You would then progress to the research phase.

[b]- Educational Research Theory and Methodology[/b] This module provides the theoretical, methodological and conceptual foundation for doctoral level study in educational research. It aims to enable the student to apply this knowledge to critically evaluate the methodological basis of research practices and anticipates the formulation of research questions, outcomes and design for the generation of new knowledge in an area of professional practice as well as its evaluation.

[b]- Developing Research Proposals in Educational Enquiry[/b] The module applies the critical understanding developed through the study of the conceptual foundations of research, the principles of design and the evaluation of data collection and analysis techniques to the process of developing a proposal suitable for doctoral level research. Students with the support of action learning sets and a designated supervisor will design, and refine their ideas in order to present a coherent research proposal in a format suitable for submission for approval and scientific review appropriate to the requirements of a professional doctorate in their field. In addition workshops will consider the real world challenges of undertaking ethical research and the standards required for professional research practice.

[b]- Evaluating Research Fields and Designs[/b] This module is designed to develop students’ critical appreciation of a specific field of research related to their intended research topic, and to enhance their capacity to evaluate a range of forms of research design. The module will review the traditional evaluative criteria of validity, reliability and representativeness, as well as criteria more specifically suited to the evaluation of qualitative research, such as authenticity and verisimilitude. The applicability of these criteria will be assessed in relation to range of types of design (e.g. Survey-based research; quasi-experimental and action research; ethnographic and phenomenological research; narrative research; critical, critical feminist and critical race research approaches). Specific literatures and research studies will be evaluated in the light of students’ choice of perspective.

[b]- Data Collection and Analysis[/b] This module builds upon the understanding of the conceptual foundations of educational research, and on the analysis of research designs, gained in previous modules, and provides an opportunity to acquire and apply techniques of data collection and analysis. The module will address the practical as well as theoretical aspects of data collection and analysis, and provide in-depth experience of the application of relevant computer techniques. There will be an exploration of the range of possibilities in data gathering appropriate to particular types of research question.

Following completion of the final module your work will be dedicated to completing a thesis that should not normally exceed 50,000 words, under the guidance of two research supervisors, involving analysis of data, writing up and a viva voce examination.

Research degrees are also available in this area. A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on the EdD are a Master's degree or an equivalent professional qualification, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed.

A research proposal of between 750-1000 words (plus bibliography) outlining your area of research interest will be needed as part of your online research degree application. Your concepts will be reviewed to identify supervision providing the expertise and knowledge necessary to guide you through your research. It is understood that the taught modules will influence your research aims and objectives prior to your progression into the research phase.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Why choose Huddersfield?


There are many reasons to choose the University of Huddersfield and here are just five of them:

 

  1. We were named University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2013.
  2. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Authority.
  3. Our courses have been accredited by 41 professional bodies.
  4. 94.6% of our postgraduate students go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
  5. We have world-leading applied research groups in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

 

What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

Research topics could focus on any age group or community including the impact of government policies such as ‘Prevent’, the extent to which the political and organisational policies and frameworks facilitate / inhibit the translation of values into practice; marginalisation; faith, culture and pedagogies; policy work around cohesion, community perceptions of community cohesion, education and extremism.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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How to apply

Outline

Research topics could focus on children and young people’s perspectives on and experiences of formal schooling; developing ethical practice in early years settings; young adults and the ‘gig economy’; young people, youth, unemployment, work, poverty, crime, class, inequality and the significance of place, children’s physical development; educational and labour market experiences of marginalised youth, and experiences of teachers, support workers and other practitioners working with young people.

Funding

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How to apply

Outline

Research topics could focus on the management of change; Education for the knowledge economy; internationalisation, Leadership in early childhood education and care, professionalisation of the Early Years workforce, teacher development.

Funding

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Outline

Research topics could focus on youth and community work (its history and practices), adult literacy and numeracy, the provision of accessible routes into education; youth work education in HE settings,the impact of class, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality on outcomes.

Funding

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How to apply

Outline

Research topics could focus on narrative and feminist approaches to research; participatory, creative and visual methods, research ethics; quantitative research methods in educational research; ethnographic approaches.

Funding

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Outline

Research topics could focus on any aspect of work undertaken in further and /or higher education colleges, the re-engineering of education, the political economy of education, lived experience; workplace learning, cognitive capitalism and emancipatory practice; IELTS and English language teaching / learning.

Funding

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Outline

Research topics might focus on relationships between educational practitioners and students / participants / clients; education, politics and questions of social justice; Professional identity, agency and autonomy; education and popular culture; the translation of professional values into practice, the way in which practitioners draw on their professional value-base to inform their work with young people and the wider community, employability and ‘care’, learner autonomy.

Funding

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Outline

Research topics could focus on young people’s experiences of alternative education provisions; home education; interventions aimed at retaining and improving the outcomes for students at risk of leaving education or of underachieving.

Funding

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Outline

Research topics could focus on education for sustainability in particular countries or contexts, curriculum design.

Funding

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Outline

Research topics could focus on blended learning; critical understanding of technology within higher education teaching and learning; critical understanding of learner analytical dashboards in higher education, social networking and social media in education, multimedia pedagogy, e-tutoring.

Funding

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Outline

Research topics could focus on confidence and teacher educators; work-based learning – developing reflective practice; effective work place mentoring; the links between education and national development, vocational pedagogy, research about FE-based teacher educators, trainee teachers and FE-based teacher education.

Funding

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You will be taught by staff who actively engage in research and publication, at the cutting edge of their various specialisms. To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

Researcher Enviroment

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

We offer our postgraduate research students high quality supervision and in the Higher Education Academy’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) Education at Huddersfield consistently scored higher than the average for all other Universities.

The Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society (HudCRES) delivers internationally excellent educational research, recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Find out more about our research and staff in the Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society (HudCRES)

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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