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Doctor of Education (EdD) Part-time Programme

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A part-time doctorate designed for professionals

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Researching Professional Practice

The EdD is an innovative part-time programme harnessing the experience of excellent doctoral research in order to generate, develop and disseminate professional knowledge and support innovation that will have social and educational impact. Participants will design and implement substantial research projects. Applicants will be experienced educational professionals, including teachers, school leaders and those working in related fields (e.g. policy, support or management), who are committed to extending their understanding and improving practice.

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Programme structure

In the first two years, there is a programme of research methods sessions. In the third, fourth and fifth years there are seminars relevant to the particular stage of the EdD. Students in all years also attend sessions with their Research Community, as well as one-to-one supervisions with an academic whose expertise links with the area in which they are conducting their doctoral research.

At the end of the 2nd year, students must submit a 12,000-20,000 word registration portfolio and attend a registration viva. Upon passing the viva, students will be formally registered. Data collection, analysis and writing up take place over the 3rd, 4th and 5th years culminating in submission of the final thesis (80,000 words) and attendance at the viva.

To make the EdD accessible to practitioners, meetings will take place outside school hours, 5-8pm on Thursdays and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. If you would like to see this year’s timetables please email Given the attendance requirement students are normally expected to live within four hours travelling time of Cambridge.

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EdD Research Communities

For the duration of their studies all EdD students are members of a Research Community. Research Communities meet regularly, providing opportunities to engage with fellow students across the year groups. There are three Research Communities:

Members of the Leadership, Educational Improvement and Development (LEID) Research Community are encouraged to undertake research that responds to issues and questions about teaching and learning identified by themselves, their schools, colleges or universities and management teams. It may be appropriate, for example, for individual projects to be linked to wider initiatives for institutional improvement and organisational development priorities.

EdD students within the Subject Aspects of Learning Research Community are interested in learning and teaching in a wide range of educational contexts and subject areas. They draw on diverse theoretical perspectives and research methodologies to explore key issues in education.

The Inclusion, Wellbeing and Creativity Research Community brings together staff from the Education, Equality and Diversity and Pedagogy, Language, Arts, Culture in Education Academic Groups with doctoral students interested in exploring innovative methodologies through which educators can respond to the individual identities of learners, developing strategies to raise achievement, enhance well-being and promote creativity for all learners, whilst safeguarding the inclusion of those who may be more likely to experience marginalisation.

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EdD Information Sessions

If you are interested in visiting us, why not attend one of our EdD Information sessions? These are designed to support potential candidates in making applications to the EdD programme. For candidates applying to commence their studies in October 2017 there will be sessions on:

13th October 2016, 8th December 2016, 19th January 2017, all 5.30-7.00pm

Any students applying for funding will need to submit their EdD application by 4th January 2017 and therefore, if interested in attending an EdD information session, should do so before then.
Please contact if you would like to attend one of the sessions.

All sessions will be in the Faculty's Donald McIntyre Building. If you require parking please complete the online form on the 'How to reach us' page on our website 48 hours in advance.

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