Manchester Metropolitan University

Doctor of Education (EdD)

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of research training leading to a sustained enquiry into your own professional situation.
  • Structured research support through study weekends, day workshops, seminars, lectures and individual and group supervision.
  • Dedicated web area with access to resources and a virtual community.

Student Profiles

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About the course

The course is in two parts and has the advantage of being able to offer a two year taught phase (Phase A) which takes place over a number of weekends. The course is student-centred and as well as being taught by staff eminent in their fields, the weekends enable students to work collaboratively in a network of supportive relationships.

 Phase A covers personal, institutional and system features of professionalism and draws on relevant aspects of educational evaluation and research, management theory, philosophy and social theory and policy sociology. Phase B is the dissertation.

There are 5 possible named outcome awards:

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Education: Early Years
  • Doctor of Education: Health Care Studies
  • Doctor of Education: Leading and Managing Learning Institutions
  • Doctor of Education: Inclusive Education

You may elect to focus upon one of the above named outcomes within your thesis or to pursue a more general area of study.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core units:

  • Methods for Intervention
  • Professionalism
  • Research Methodology and Methods
  • Writing for Publication
  • The Thesis

Core Units
Methods for Intervention

This will enable you to develop further understanding of different methodological approaches to constructing knowledge in professional locations, both qualitative and quantitative, and to be able to offer reasoned criticism at philosophical, procedural and practical levels.

You will develop different theoretical perspectives on professionalism, and the ways in which these articulate with your own professional identity.
Research Methodology and Methods

You will develop understanding of the problematic nature of knowledge, truth and meaning in relation to different paradigmatic positions, such as realism, constructivism, post-structuralism, and to relate such understanding to issues of educational theory/practice.

The Thesis
The purpose of the thesis is to enable substantive knowledge relating to professional concerns to be deployed in a methodological design that will enable you to, create original knowledge relating to the focus of inquiry; further integrate knowledge of research with the nature of professionalism; act and reflect critically within a context of professional inquiry and contribute originally or creatively to research methodology or methods.
Writing for Publication

This will enable you to design, justify and publicy defend to your peers a research intention and research design, both in terms of research and as a professional contribution through reflecting on your own location, identity and commitment as a person(s) and professional(s) undertaking research.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

The programme is in two parts.

Phase A

This is a two year taught element that covers personal, institutional and system features of professionalism and draws on relevant aspects of educational evaluation and research, management theory, philosophy and social theory and policy sociology.

Phase B is the doctoral thesis stage.

Assessment is by written assignments, the final assignment in Phase A should be a paper submitted to a journal.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

You will normally have a UK Masters degree or international equivalent, or evidence of having written at that standard, and four years experience working in a professional educational role. All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance on this programme.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Career options after the course

This programme is aimed at educators in a range of professions, for example, teachers, head teachers, health care professionals, police trainers, university and college lecturers, education advisors.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.