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Which Doctorate is right for you?

The PhD The EdD
Full time or part time study Part time study only
Applications are welcomed from all students* Applications are limited to current educational professionals working in schools or policy within the United Kingdom*
The PhD is primarily designed to train graduate students as independent researchers, so that on completion they can claim professional standing as University academic staff or in any other profession requiring skills in advanced research. The EdD is designed for experienced educational professionals, either practising teachers or those working in related fields (e.g. policy, advice & support or management), who are committed to extending their understanding through researching and theorising policy or practice.
Tuition is mainly through individual supervision, with students working independently Students are grouped into communities with other EdD students who share research interests, with significant support through individual supervision
Educational Research Training in the first year of study (first two years for part time PhD students) Educational Research Training in the first two years of study with further practitioner-relevant training over the later years
Students join one or more of the Faculty's Academic Groups and the Faculty's Association of Research Students Students join one or more of the Faculty's Academic Groups and the Faculty's Association of Research Students
Full membership of a Cambridge College Full membership of a Cambridge College
Assessment is through a dissertation of up to 80,000 words which represents a significant contribution to learning, for example through the discovery of new knowledge, the connection of previously unrelated facts, the development of a new theory, or the revision of older views. Assessment is through a carefully structured series of stages of study, culminating in a dissertation of up to 80,000 words. Elements of the submitted work will be developed in order to be orientated for dissemination and application and designed to facilitate the sharing of findings with practitioners and policy makers
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*it is usually expected that part-time students live within four hours of Cambridge