EdD Professional Doctorate in Education

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time

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A unique opportunity

This programme is aimed at education researchers and experienced practitioners wishing to gain a practice-focused higher degree and make an original contribution to theory and practice in a field associated with social justice and inclusive education.

The EdD engages with inclusive education in its broadest sense across the whole age range including throughout adulthood and is relevant across all educational settings. Students come from a range of settings as well as school , college and university,  such as the charity sector, prison education, the arts and social care.

Hear from graduate, Janine FitzGerald:

Participants with an interest in equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice will gain much from working with a diverse group of peers and tutors from varied backgrounds. The close association between the University Research Centres, LSBU's Doctoral Academy and master’s programmes provides opportunities to work with like-minded research-active peers within a lively and supportive learning community.

Why a Professional Doctorate in Education at LSBU?

2nd for graduate prospects in Education in London (Sunday Times League Table 2020) and top 3 for career prospects amongst London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

Staff are research active and focussed on impact. As a result of LSBU’s autism research, for example, the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) started at LSBU.
As a research student you will also become part of our broader thriving academic community which has national and international links beyond LSBU.
Ranked joint 1st for Overall Satisfaction amongst London competitors in Education (National Student Survey 2020)
The London Doctoral Academy at LSBU offers a package of skills development opportunities within a lively and supportive environment.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
2 years taught + 3 years independent
Start Date
Southwark Campus


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 (onward)

  • 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.


UK higher education increasingly demands doctorate level qualifications and anyone wishing to develop a career in research or in senior positions in education will benefit from having a doctorate. Opportunities to write for publication are built into the programme and publishing in refereed journals is particularly important for participants looking to excel in academia.

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

The department has wide professional links within and beyond the university and the UK.  Examples include:

Teaching and learning

You will benefit from an extensive Virtual Learning Environment via Moodle and a comprehensive range of professional services across the University to assist you with your academic development. Access to an experienced relevant supervisory team is built into the research / dissertation phase. The option of graduating with an MEd after successful completion of the taught phase is built in.

Hear from past student, Andrew Read (MEd):


Entry requirements

As the EdD is relevant across the age range it has broad appeal to diverse participants with shared interests in social justice and inclusion. This includes masters level graduates with an education background (including the LSBU MA Education - Special Educational Needs and Disability or MSc in Education for Sustainability), University and FE academic and professional services staff, researchers  and professionals in related fields such as prison education, youth work, psychology, social care and the arts.

Opportunities for accreditation of prior learning are potentially available to participants with an appropriate background, including significant publications and extensive postgraduate teaching and research experience. APEL should be discussed with the Admissions Tutor who can explain the process in detail.

How to apply

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
2 years taught + 3 years independent
Start date
Application code
Application method

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 544 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

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

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.


Professional Doctorate In Education - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £4940International fee: £7450
AOS/LSBU code: 3254Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK £17516
International £34980

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.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 160 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

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