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EdD Educational Research and Development

5 years School of Education Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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2017/18 Entry

For 2017/18 entry please visit the PhD (Professional) Education webpage. This will be replacing the existing programme from September 2017.


The Doctorate is a rigorous research-based qualification that is focused upon professional practice and is the key professional qualification for teachers, managers and researchers. Students study for the EdD on a part-time basis while working in their respective areas of education.

You will have the opportunity to conduct an independent project which is supported by a modular structure covering research methodology. The thesis subject you choose usually arises from your working practice or the wider context of your work and is academically grounded in research and theory.

How You Study

This programme is studied on a part-time basis and teaching is delivered via study schools. Weekend schools (Friday to Sunday) are held in February and October, and a week long study school is held in July. Supervision is by individual arrangement, face-to face and email. Research study schools are designed to provide core underpinnings to the programme.

Students complete five units, each of which are assessed.

1. Introducing Educational Research & Development

2. Initiating Research: Exploring the knowledge base

3. Developing Research: Paradigms and Perspectives

4. Undertaking Research: Qualitative and Quantitative paradigms

5: Thesis proposal and defence.

Thesis (40,000 – 50,000 words)

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

The ability to research, evaluate, and use published research that is relevant to personal and professional practice, are features of individually negotiated assessments and modes of study. This is encouraged by interactive discussion, presentations in various formats, seminars from original sources and input from visiting speakers.

Assessment is by individual assignments and a thesis. Following completion of the assignments, students prepare a research proposal (called a Defence) that is assessed internally before students proceed to the thesis proper. Assessment of the thesis is by written and oral examination (viva voce).

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree. Relevant professional experience is considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Dr Joss Winn
+44 (0)1522 886075

Beverley Potterton +44 (0)1522 886236

Master's Level

Developing Research: Paradigms and Perspectives (Core)

This module aims to introduce the key debates within educational research methodology, and looks to allow you to locate your own work within a specific research paradigm, and begin to consider how your own research philosophy becomes reflected in the developing design of your research project.

The module progresses from a philosophical discussion of the nature of knowledge in educational research (questions of epistemology and ontology) through to more practical questions of research approach and methods of data collection. It seeks to make strong connections between issues of educational philosophy and the implications of research design.

Initiating Research: Exploring the Knowledge Base (Core)

This module focuses on critically evaluating the literature around your area of study with a view to gaining a deep understanding of the area and a focus for your research. It will seek to explore the literature in light of some key theories, conceptual frameworks, perspectives or pedagogies from key scholars in the fields of education. While all theories and conceptual frameworks cannot be explored, the module aims to enable you to understand the role of theories and conceptual frameworks in educational research and how to apply them to your proposed area of study.

Introducing Educational Research and Development (Core)

This module is designed to explore the notion of ‘researchability’ – the process of taking an area of interest or concern and turning this into a researchable project through the generation of appropriate research questions and/or hypotheses. The module introduces key features of research design, relating to your potential area of research, including research ethics, access issues and researcher positionality.

Thesis Proposal and Defence (Core)

This module will run at the end of the pre-thesis phase and is designed to prepare you for your thesis/dissertation. You are expected to present a detailed rationale for your choice of research topic, its aims, purposes, and intended outcomes. As part of the Defence, you will need to pay careful attention to methodological issues and the underpinning philosophical concerns of your study.

Undertaking Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (Core)

This modules is designed to introduce the key features and processes of conducting doctoral standard research in both quantitative and qualitative methods. The module introduces the main instruments used for data collection and discusses their ability to produce a desired result in a range of contexts. The module considers practical issues of instrument design and implementation, coupled with wider questions of sampling.

A strong emphasis is placed on methods of data analysis and identifying the relationships and processes by which you progress from data collection and the handling of raw data through to the high quality testing/generating theory that is a feature of doctoral-level work.

Doctorate Level

Thesis (EdD Educational Research and Development) (Core)

This module, through individual tutorial support, looks to guide you through the various stages that make up an empirical research project and result in the completion of a 40,000-50,000 word dissertation.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to offer a structured route for personal and professional enhancement and may be used to advance an existing career in education. Students have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to be innovative thinkers and practitioners in the education sector.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

2016/17  UK £2,696 p/a
2017/18 UK £2,830 p/a

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.