Research Degrees

Doctor of Education (EdD) Programme

Welcome to the public enquiries page for the Part-time Doctorate in Education at the Faculty of Education. This programme, focusing on professionalism, is relevant to a variety of careers in a broad range of educational contexts.

Its rationale is centred on the notion of ‘intervention’: we seek to reprofessionalise educational discourse and action as research-based practice. This programme is one of the most significant means by which we at the Faculty of Education continue to build on our strong reputation in the fields of teacher research, school improvement, and multiprofessional involvements in the broad processes of education within society. Current students include teachers, lecturers, architects, healthcare professionals and managers. The 8th cohort of students was recruited in September 2012.

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Programme Information

Staff Support and Supervision

Programme Regulations


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Programme Information


This is a programme that combines a taught component at weekends for the first two years with a sustained and structured research project leading to a substantial thesis on a particular theme. The Course aims to offer a stimulating and challenging programme of research training leading to a sustained enquiry into the student's own professional situation. With its central focus on professionality it provides an excellent vehicle through which professionals involved with education can address their own career development.

The programme provides structured research support through study weekends, day workshops, seminars, lectures and individual and group supervision. It offers the possibility of sharing and developing research concerns with other professionals over a number of years both face-to-face and through web-based communication tools. The course has its own dedicated web area with access for students and tutors only for the provision of on-line resources and the facilitation of a virtual community.

Programme Structure

Part 1: Five Units

a) Two single units of "professional" studies

The main purpose of these units is to enable students to enhance their knowledge and awareness of debates around the concept of professionalism and how these bear on their own, and others' professional areas. There will also be exploration of the notion of, and possibility for, practical intervention and the forms intervention might take concerning personal, professional and systemic change.

b) One double unit on "research methodology and methods"

The overall purpose of this unit is to develop a wide-ranging, critical understanding of qualitative and quantitative research in relation to a range of philosophies, procedures and practices of research.

c) One unit leading to an outline thesis proposal

Part 2: A research thesis on an agreed theme

There are five possible named outcome awards:

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

You will enrol on the Doctor of Education programme. You may elect to focus upon one of the above named outcomes within your thesis or to pursue a more general area of study.

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Staff Support and Supervision

Each student will be allocated a personal tutor and a second tutor who would ordinarily follow the student through all stages of the programme and offer general support. All such tutors will be members of the EdD teaching team. Additionally, students will have access to other members of the teaching team, and Course Leader, who will be able to offer support in areas relating to their own specific area of expertise when appropriate.

Programme Regulations

The EdD programme is five years part time. Candidates would normally already hold a masters degree in a related area. There are approximately 20 compulsory study days in the first two years. The first six weeks includes two study weekends. All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance on the programme. Details of course regulations are provided to accepted students in the course handbook.

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Phase A
Four unit assignments of 5,000 words associated with taught units, along with a number of non-assessed activities including presentations and peer assessment.

In addition a Research Proposal is also required which bridges the exit from Phase A and entry into Phase B.

Phase B
A research thesis of 40,000-60,000 words on an approved topic.

Who to Contact

Course Leader: Dave Heywood

For an application form you can contact:

Elaine Sheehan
Faculty of Education
Manchester Metropolitan University
ESRI Brooks Room 1.06
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

Tel: (0161) 247 2010


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