Master Doctor of Education

University of East London

Application deadline: as soon as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,500 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 9,990 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 33 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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Building on the diverse and cosmopolitan nature of East London, the Cass School of Education aims, through its Doctorate in Education, to provide opportunities for professionals working in the field of education to undertake doctoral study related to their own professional contexts. The programme consists of two stages. In the first stage participants complete 5 modules of course work.

This includes structured training in research methods (3 modules), as well as exposure to key issues and theoretical concepts in 2 option modules from a choice of disciplinary areas in which the School has a strong reputation: Language and Education, Early Childhood Studies, Educational Leadership and Management, and Education and Community. The second stage consists of the doctoral thesis. The EdD is at a level equivalent to the traditional PhD but with structured progression through the programme including a formal taught component. The programme is designed to provide participants with opportunities to:

* create and interpret new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to extend the forefront of the discipline, satisfy peer review and merit publication;
* develop a deep understanding of research methodologies and to use this understanding to critically investigate educational and professional contexts;
* disseminate research and ideas through written and oral modes clearly and critically.

Doctor of Education at UEL
The Cass School of Education is active in a range of research activities, particularly in the fields of language, diversity and multilingual education, early childhood education, leadership and management, and community education. Research in the School is structured around a number of Research Groups which cover these disciplinary areas, and these groups have all developed international reputations for their work in research and professional development in their areas of specialisms. The programme reflects:

* The aspirations of a 21st century University
* The multi-cultural and diverse society in which we live
* A commitment to the local area as well as to an international and comparative perspective to education
* Equal opportunities and mutual respect for all
* Widening access to university education
* Inclusivity
* Flexibility
* High quality teaching and regular and responsive tutorial support


Typical duration
It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. Many of our students make use of this flexibility and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period.

The normal minimum and maximum periods of registration for a Professional Doctorate are as follows:

Full-time Minimum - 33 months Maximum -48 months

Part-time Minimum - 45 months Maximum - 60 months

It is a flexible programme in that it is possible to move from full time to part time study and vice versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments.

Programme structure
The EdD is a modular programme, specifically directed to professional development in education through research. It consists of two stages. In Stage One, three core educational research methods modules and two subject modules (options) are taught. The options are in the areas of: Language and Education,Early Childhood Studies, Educational Leadership and Management, and Education and Community. In Stage Two, participants complete a research thesis. The Programme can be completed Part-Time in 45-60 months or Full-Time in 33-48 months.

A student who successfully completes 120 credits of taught modules, including ETM600 and ETM601, from the Professional Doctorate programme is eligible for the Award of Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Research.

A student who successfully completes 60 credits of taught modules, including ETM600 or ETM601 or both, from the Professional Doctorate programme is eligible for the Award of Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Research.

Learning environment
Evening and/or weekend study sessions comprising of lectures, seminars, study groups and tutorials.


At least two members of the academic staff will review each application before a decision is made.
Applicants with either prior-certified learning or prior-experiential learning that closely matches the specified learning outcomes of the taught part of the programme may be able to claim exemption via agreed university procedures. No exemption can be gained against the research part of the programme or in situations where a professional body excludes it.

Where English is not the applicants first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English, or such qualifications as our University deems comparable, score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, is required at entry. Such assessment of English language competence must normally have been undertaken no more than two years prior to application, though relevant and more recent study in a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution may be accepted as sufficient proof of ability

Applicants should normally have a good Masters degree or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent, as well as a minimum of three years experience of professional practice in education. Those without such qualifications are nonetheless encouraged to discuss the possibility of registering for the programme. Competence in oral and written English should satisfy University entrance requirements.

All candidates will complete and submit the standard university postgraduate application form which includes requirement for two referees. Candidates will be asked to prepare a supporting paper of 1000-1500 words giving their reasons for wanting to join the programme, citing relevant evidence that they believe supports their ability to study at doctoral level, and outlining their particular areas of interest and potential topic for research. The topic area is not binding.

Scrutiny of Applications
The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

* that the candidate meets the minimum criteria for eligibility
* the candidates ability to achieve an academic standard appropriate to a professional doctorate programme
* the candidates commitment to the programme and motivation
* the candidates likely contribution to the cohort of students by virtue of background and experience

Interviewing and Selection
Following scrutiny of the application forms some applicants might be invited for interview.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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