EdD Programme Structure

The programme consists of 7 taught modules for 180 credit hours plus a thesis of 360 credit hours for a total of 540 credit hours. Detailed Module Descriptors can be found on the university’s blackboard system once you have registered.

 

i.Core Research Modules

There are 3 core research modules taken throughout the programme that all students have in common:

  • Research Methodology 1: Different Research Paradigms and Advanced Qualitative Methods in Education (30 credits)
  • Research Methodology 2: Quantitative Methods and Analysis (30 credits)
  • Research Methodology 3: Research Design and Research Plan Development (40 credits)

 

RM3 is distinctively different from all other modules: it is a proposal preparation module for the thesis whose purpose is to write preparatory papers for the thesis proposal and a proposal paper. Once a student has successfully passed RM3, the next phase of the programme will be entered involving the submission of a formal proposal for defense and if this is successful progressing on to the thesis part of the programme.

 

ii.General Modules

Each student will select 1 from the general modules that best suits the research area and thesis topic (each module is 20 credits):

  • Assessment and Learning
  • Educational Policy: Theory, Development, Practice & Evaluation
  • Curriculum and Innovation: Theory and Practice

 

iii.Specialist Modules (Students to take one module which is relevant to their specialism out of this set)

At the beginning of your programme, you will decide, at a meeting with your Director of Studies and Personal Tutor, on a programme of study that includes selection of a specialist module that fit your research area.

  • Current Issues in Psycholinguistics and Language Learning and Teaching (TESOL)
  • Education of Learners with Exceptional Learning Needs (SIE)
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership in Education (MLP)
  • Reading Mathematics Education Research (Mathematics Education)
  • Scientific Ways of Knowing (Science Education)

 

Modules Currently Available

Title

Credits

Taught Modules:

Research Training Modules (All these modules are compulsory)

Qualitative research methods and paradigms

30

Quantitative Methods

30

Research Design and Planning 

40

Core Modules (All these modules are compulsory)

Assessment and Learning

20

Educational Policy:Theory and Practice

20

Curriculum and Innovation: Theory and Practice

20

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Workplaces

-

Specialist Modules (Students to take one module which is relevant to their specialism out of this set)

Current Issues in Psycholinguistics and Language Learning and Teaching (TESOL)

20

Education of Learners with Exceptional Learning Needs (SIE)

Theory and Practice of Leadership in Education (MLP)

Reading Mathematics Education Research (Mathematics Education)

Scientific Ways of Knowing (Science Education)

Taught Module Credits

180

Thesis Credits

360

Total Credits Required for Degree Completion

540

iv.Transferable Skills (Non-credit)

During the latter part of the taught programme students will need to successfully complete the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Workplaces module.

v.The Thesis (360 credit hours)

This element comprises the planning, development and submission of a doctoral research thesis of between 50,000 and 60,000 words. This will draw either on a research investigation or on a scholarly critique related to a specific professional context. It requires individual work under the supervision of a Director of Studies, and in some cases a student may also have a Co-supervisor if the topic warrants expertise from more than one individual. The EdD thesis will be expected to make a distinct and original contribution to the knowledge of the topic addressed.

 

Term by term study plan

There are three main options in taking the taught portion of the programme: full-time, part-time, and one module at a time. The study plan for the first two are illustrated in the tables below. If one is taking only one module at a time, specialist modules and a general module should precede the research modules.

The programme study plan will be the same for both PhD in Education and Doctor of Education

 

Term-by-Term plan for Full-time students





Year 1st Term 2nd Term 3rd Term
Yr1 Qualitative research methods and paradigms Quantitative Methods Curriculum and Innovation: Theory and Practice
Assessment & Learning Educational Policy: Theory and Practice  
Yr2 Research Design and Planning Research Design  Proposal Defence
and Planning   (continued)
Specialist Module Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Workplaces  

Term-by-Term plan for Part-time students

Year 1st Term 2nd Term 3rd Term
Yr1 Qualitative research Quantitative Methods   Curriculum and Innovation: Theory and Practice
methods and 
 
paradigms
Yr 2  Assessment & Learning Educational Policy: Theory and Practice Specialist Module
Yr 3 Research Design  Research Design  Proposal Defence
   
and Planning   and Planning   (Continued)
  Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Workplaces  

The entry requirements for the Doctorate in Education programme.

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