Brunel University London

Course Introduction

About the course

The EdD is targeted at senior professionals with responsibility for key areas within their organisations such as professional learning and teaching, curriculum development, policy reform and implementation. They may be college/university lecturers, experienced school teachers or they may be working in professions allied to medicine and social care, nursing or other public sector occupations such as the police and fire service. Our current students stem from an eclectic range of organisations such as: the local authority; her majesty?s inspectorate; social work, nursing preparation and language learning in higher education; business enterprise, both nationally and internationally; as well as senior leadership positions in all phases of schooling.

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. The EdD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline.

The EdD programme is designed to equip students with skills in educational research and scholarship that enables each student to produce an original piece of practice-based educational research of doctoral standard. This means that every graduate from the programme, by the time they have graduated, will have produced a thesis, elements of which, at least, will be of publishable standard in good quality peer reviewed journals. Furthermore, the work will have real value for addressing a practical educational problem. This approach means that graduates will emerge from the programme with advanced research skills that complement their existing professional expertise.

Each student will be a member of a cohort of between 10 and 12 students who will be recruited at the same point and will follow the entire course at the same pace. This cohort model is intended to facilitate a sense of group identity and create opportunities for peer assisted active/cooperative learning and collaborative study. There will be six weekend study schools (Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon) in the first and second years of the programme (two per term) with the number reducing to three per year for years 3, 4 and 5. The reduction in number reflects the shift in emphasis towards an increasingly individualised approach to student learning through a growing emphasis on individual/personalised supervision as students focus on their respective theses from Year 3. During the first two years, weekend study schools will be divided between taught group sessions (96 hours) and individual mentoring/supervision (24 hours). Annual Summer schools for each year will be organised over four days and incorporate half day and evening activities.

Aims

The main aims of this programme are to enable students to:

develop research skills and knowledge relevant to the study of educational practice

reflect critically on their own professional practice

read, interpret, evaluate, conduct and disseminate research that is relevant to and has the potential to impact on their professional development and workplace practice

undertake doctoral level research and meet the requirements of rigour and originality.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
5 years
Part Time
EdD £2,203 Home Fees
5 years
Part Time
EdD £2,203 European Fees
5 years
Part Time
EdD £8,675 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. Learn how to prepare a research statement here. DBS will be required by those students who conduct their research in school or other settings with children and young people. In addition, a declaration has to be made by the students in line with the Childcare Act for those researching with children under the age of 8.
  • International entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. Learn how to prepare a research statement here. DBS will be required by those students who conduct their research in school or other settings with children and young people. In addition, a declaration has to be made by the students in line with the Childcare Act for those researching with children under the age of 8. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
  • IELTS score: 6.5