EdD Professional Doctorate in EducationSouthwark Campus
A unique opportunity
This programme 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 student, Janine FitzGerald:
Participants with an interest in equality, 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. 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.
Why a Professional Doctorate in Education at LSBU?
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- The Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) started at LSBU.
- As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community. You will be making a unique contribution to theory and practice in your field.
- The London Doctoral Academy at LSBU offers a package of skills development opportunities that Professional Doctorate students can use.
2 years taught + 3 years independent
- 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.
- 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 a UK doctorate is usually preferred. Participants wishing to 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 excel in academia.
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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 Equality Challenge Unit
- The Alliance for Inclusive Education
- Equality and Diversity Forum Research Network
- The Leadership Foundation
- Research Autism
- Theorising Autism Project
- Teacher Education for Equality and Sustainability Network (TEESNet)
- National Association of Disability Practitioners and Commonworks (for a just and sustainable world)
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.
Hear from current student, Andrew Read:
The course conceptualises education across the age range and focuses on inclusion and social justice concerns. It appeals to masters level graduates with an education background (including the LSBU MA Education - Special Educational Needs and Disability or MSc in Education for Sustainability) and University staff with interests in teaching and learning, as well as other professionals in related fields such as prison education, youth work, psychology and the arts.
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.
How to apply
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2 years taught + 3 years independent
Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.
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.
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.
Year 1 PT Southwark JAN
|UK/EU fee: £4567.5||International fee: £6890|
|AOS/LSBU code: 3254||Session code: 1PS00|
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Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £4795||International fee: £7235|
|AOS/LSBU code: 3254||Session code: 1PS01|
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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.
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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.