Outline of structure and dates Outline of structure and dates

Length of course and teaching arrangements

Study is part-time over five years. You will have access to a supervisory team to support you throughout the five-year period of study. You will also be supplied with recommended reading as well as research resources available on the EdD Portal.

Entrants to the doctoral programme will register initially for the degree of MEd for the first two years. Year one and two, each comprise of two weekend study blocks. After the successful completion of the second year, and with the approval of a detailed research proposal and after receiving an approval from the EDU research ethics committee, students progress to EdD and the period of independent study. Years 3, 4 and 5 comprise of a series of formative assignments towards the preparation of the final thesis of up to 60,000 words.

The study blocks are part of the 20 credits of cohort, experiential, advanced and professional development training that is required before the EdD thesis submission. In addition to contact time through training and with your supervisor, the course requires personal independent study time for successful completion of the course (at least 60 hours per month).

Teaching schedule 2018-20

  • Study Block 1: Sat/Sun, 13/14 October 2018
  • Study Block 2: Sat/Sun, 16/17 March 2019
  • Study Block 3: Sat/Sun, 19/20 October 2019
  • Study Block 4: Sat/Sun, 20/21 June 2020


Year One
Critical Literature Review (3,500 words)
Comparison of Methodologies (6,500 words)

Year Two
Research Proposal (5,000 words)
Ethics Application
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Year Three and Year Four
Four formative assignments including Literature Review, Methodology, Issues Emerging from Data and Results/Conclusions

Year Five
A thesis of up to 60,000 words, incorporating the four formative assignments, with a viva voce (oral examination) of thesis with two examiners.