This Professional Doctorate (EdD) is a partly taught and partly research-based Professional Doctorate which has proved to be both successful and convenient for senior professionals in education and related fields. We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods, education policy, education management, TESOL and professional development.
On successful completion, students will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of their research dissertation study. They will demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate the results and their implications.
We undertake a wide range of research that falls within two broad themes: pedagogy, learning and curriculum; and human rights, equality and social cohesion in education. Underpinning all of our research is a commitment to achieving a real impact in the lives of educators and learners.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The programme features input from leading international scholars and established academics.
- Flexibility The programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and is delivered via blended learning. The programme content is delivered in two and a half day blocks (usually Thursday-Saturday).
- Credit Transfer Applicants may (at the time of application) be considered for credit transfer of Master's degrees completed within the last 10 years (for a maximum of one module).
- We offer many opportunities for networking and sharing best practice with other education professionals and students in the Graduate School.
- You will enhance your career prospects and depth of knowledge in an area of specialist research.
Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014).
- You can choose from a range of modules to meet your specific professional needs.
- Our programme focuses on developing creative and critical thinking as well as relevant workplace skills.
Graduates from this degree have found it of great benefit in developing their professional expertise and in gaining promotion in their current workplaces.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
People teaching you
Dr Katrina Lloyd
Professional Doctorate Programme Director
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Katrina Lloyd is interested in research which seeks to make a difference to the lives of children and young people, particularly in relation to their emotional health and wellbeing.
You will gain a professional qualification which will enhance your career prospects and depth of knowledge in an area of specialist research.
The EdD programme may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The programme comprises nine taught doctoral modules (270 credits, of which four must be research modules) and a research dissertation (270 D credits). The research dissertation has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words) and is assessed by an oral examination (a viva-voce).
There are three stages to each taught module which covers a four month period:
attendance for the intensive teaching, normally over a consecutive period of two and a half days; and
the completion and submission of an assignment, normally within three months of the last date of the taught module. Each module is assessed by one 5,000 word assignment.
Each module is assessed through an assignment equivalent to a maximum of 5,000 words. The final dissertation of 40,000 words is assessed by an oral examination (viva voce).
The Graduate School
A 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and a Masters degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Performance profiles (grades etc) may also be required to ensure suitability of the applicant for Doctoral study. Applicants will normally be expected to have at least five years' full-time professional experience in a field of work related to Education.
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31st July 2018.
Late applications may be considered.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£5,500|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£5,500|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£5,500|
Students who choose to conduct dissertation research in Northern Ireland, involving participants under the age of 18, will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Check with Access NI costing £33.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.
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New UK PhD loans
The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2018.
Loans will be offered to English-resident students to study all types of doctorate at universities across the UK.
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Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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