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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 part-time EdD is aimed at educational professionals, including teachers, school leaders and those in related fields (e.g. policy, support or management), who are committed to extending their understanding and improving practice. Through their research students seek to generate, develop and disseminate professional knowledge and support innovation that will have social and educational impact.


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Programme structure

Years 1-2: Attendance at research methods sessions. At the end of the 2nd year students submit their registration portfolio and attend a registration viva. Upon passing the viva they are formally registered for the EdD.

Years 3-5: Data collection and analysis and writing up. Termly sessions relevant to the particular stage of the EdD. At the end of the 5th year students submit their final dissertation and attend the viva.

Sessions are 5-8pm on Thursdays and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. To see this year’s timetables please email er206@cam.ac.uk. Given the attendance requirement, students are normally expected to live within four hours travelling time of Cambridge. The EdD is not a distance learning programme.


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EdD Research Communities

All EdD students are members of a Research Community. Research Communities meet regularly, providing opportunities to engage with fellow students across the year groups.

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 and Teaching (SALT) 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 Well-being, Inclusion, Creativity and Diversity (WICD) 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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Interested in applying for the EdD? Why not attend one of our Information sessions? 18th October, 22nd November, 26th January, 22nd February. All sessions are 17:00-19:00.

If applying for funding you will need to submit your EdD application by 6th December 2017.

All sessions will be in the Donald McIntyre Building. To request parking please complete the form on the 'How to reach us' page on our website at least 48 hours in advance.


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