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Professional Doctorate in Education EdD

Overview

The Doctorate in Education is a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to gain a practice-focused higher degree. The EdD engages with education in its broadest sense across the age range from early years to adulthood. It is relevant across all educational settings and students come from a range of backgrounds beyond traditional education, such as the charity sector, prison and social work.

Hear from current students, Janine FitzGerald and Andrew Read:

Participants with an interest inequality, diversity, sustainability and inclusion (themes within the realm of social justice) will gain much from working with a diverse group of peers and tutors from a range of backgrounds. Everyone associated with the EdD shares a commitment to the notion of social justice, which underpins our work in education and broader research at LSBU. The close association between the University Research Centres, LSBU's Doctoral Academy and masters programmes provides opportunities to work with like-minded research-active peers within a lively and supportive learning community.


Opportunities for accreditation of prior learning are available to participants with an appropriate background, including significant publications, postgraduate teaching and research experience, and this should be discussed with the Admissions Tutor who will also explain the APEL processes on request.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years taught + 3 years independent
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • KidsINNscience – innovation in school education, turning kids on to science

    KidsINNscience – innovation in school education, turning kids on to science

    KidsINNscience is a research project conducted by the Centre for Educational Research. The project aims to identify and promote innovative approaches for teaching and learning science whilst implementing them in mainstream schools.

  • K2 building

    K2 building

    A major feature of our Southwark campus is K2, a new eight-storey building, designed and constructed using the latest in green building technology.

Modules

Year 1

  • What is education for? This module invites you to analyse a range of possible responses to the question ‘what is education for?’ from philosophical, sociological and psychological standpoints with a focus on social justice.  You will therefore discuss issues of equality and diversity, sustainable development and inclusive practice. It seeks to offer an opportunity for you to reflect on professional experience, within and beyond education, from a theoretical perspective. You and your peers will have come from diverse backgrounds with varying knowledge of educational theory. The module will take into account your prior experiences and build from there.
  • Theorising critical issues in educational change and development The module will enable students to engage with the issues of social justice such as sustainability, inclusion, equality and diversity in relation to educational change and the development of learners from diverse settings across the age range, including in the post compulsory sector. It will provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to analyse and apply theoretical frameworks to key educational issues. The module will encourage analytical and critical reflection on theory and its relationship to practice.

Year 2

  • Researching critical issues in educational change and development The module will enable students to further engage with the issues of social justice such as sustainability, inclusion, equality and diversity in relation to educational change and the development of learners from diverse settings across the age range, including in the post compulsory sector. It will provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to analyse and apply theoretical frameworks to key educational issues, to critique research and to develop their own research proposal. The module will encourage critical analysis and reflection.  Students will be required to further develop their understanding of theoretical frameworks so that they can understand educational practice in terms of: Politics of knowledge, Values, participation and empowerment, Processes of change - personal /local/global, and Systems thinking / situated cognition.
  • Issues and controversies in research
    In this module students will explore issues and controversies in educational research with particular reference to key themes of the EdD programme and with respect to examples of research. There will be opportunities to develop and apply understanding of research methodology and engage with the wider LSBU research community, including accessing input on researcher development delivered from the Research Degrees Office. Students will develop an understanding of the required processes and milestones of the research phase.

Year 3 onwards

  • Independent research and dissertation
    The taught phase is assessed via a range of assignments, pilot research projects and portfolio development. The research phase culminates in a 40,000 word dissertation or equivalent piece of in-depth research-based work, which is assessed by viva. An ongoing portfolio is maintained throughout the taught and research phase.

Employability

UK Higher Education increasingly demands doctorate level qualifications and a UK doctorate is usually preferred. Participants wishing to achieve promotion or develop a career in research or in senior positions in education benefit from having a doctorate. The opportunity to write for publication along the way is built into the EdD programme. Publishing in refereed journals is particularly important for participants looking to develop a career in academia.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

As the EdD is a practice-based professional doctorate, some form of sustained access to the workplace (including voluntary work and self-employment) is essential.

Staff

Gianna Knowles

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Head of Partnership (ITE)

Gianna Knowles is a Principle Lecturer and Head of Partnership (Initial Teacher Education).  She began her career in education working in North London primary schools. She has also taught in schools in the Midlands and has worked in Leicestershire's Local Authority educational advisory services. More recently she has been working in universities, lecturing in Educational Studies and Initial Teacher Education, which has included teaching at the Högskolan i Jönköping, the University of Jönköping in Sweden.

Gianna's research interest is in the area of diversity, inclusion and social justice. She has published a number of books aimed at teachers in training and those already working in education to help them understand and explore these issues.


Dr Nicola Martin

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Head of Research, Higher Degrees and Student Experience

Nicola has a PhD focussing on inclusive practice with autistic university students. She has 35 years’ experience in education working with disabled pupils and students from nursery age to adults in FE and HE and an international research profile in the field.


Dr Helen Young

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Helen Young joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in August 2016 from UCL Institute of Education. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education and teaches on the BA Education Studies and the EdD. She also has responsibility for partnerships with alternative educational settings and is Acting Course Director for the EdD.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

You will benefit from an up to date Virtual Learning Environment via Moodle and be actively encouraged to make use of the extensive range of support services across the University. Access to an experienced relevant supervisory team is built into the research and dissertation phase.

Entry requirements

The course is designed primarily for masters level graduates with a broad education background (including the LSBU MA in Education or MSc in Education for Sustainability) and for University staff with interests in teaching and learning, as well as other professionals in related fields.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years taught + 3 years independent
Start date
January; September
Application code
3254
Application method

Home, EU and International students should apply for our full-time and part-time postgraduate research courses in the UK using the online system provided by the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) via UCAS Postgraduate. You can apply for up to 10 courses – create your application in your own time and complete unfinished sections when you're ready. Use their Track service to follow your applications as they progress through the system and receive any offer replies online. All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk.

Please contact the Course Director, Prof Nicki Martin, on martinn4@lsbu.ac.uk to discuss your application.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £4150International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 3254Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £14229
International £28395
The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £4150International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 3254Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £14229
International £28395

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations - and when they're available we'll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, student's placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it's really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • KidsINNscience – innovation in school education, turning kids on to science

    KidsINNscience – innovation in school education, turning kids on to science

    KidsINNscience is a research project conducted by the Centre for Educational Research. The project aims to identify and promote innovative approaches for teaching and learning science whilst implementing them in mainstream schools.

  • K2 building

    K2 building

    A major feature of our Southwark campus is K2, a new eight-storey building, designed and constructed using the latest in green building technology.

  • Jane Scarsbrook, MA Education

    As a result of the success Jane Scarsbrook enjoyed on her MA Education degree, Jane was awarded a Studentship by Cambridge University.

  • Karl Durrant, Professional Doctorate in Education

    Karl Durrant, Professional Doctorate in Education

    After completing an educationally-focused MA in London, Karl Durrant felt there was still room for him to grow academically and professionally.

  • Developing education systems in Cambodia

    Developing education systems in Cambodia

    Dr Jane Courtney from London South Bank University (LSBU) has been working with International NGO World Education on a Food For Education (FFE) project to improve food security, access to primary education and learning outcomes in Cambodia.

 
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