Institute of Education

Educational Enquiry

EDD Part-time 4 years

The aim of the Doctor of Education programme is to develop new knowledge and original thinking, as well as advanced understanding, skills and professional values in educational practitioners.

The aim of the Doctor of Education programme is to develop new knowledge and original thinking, as well as advanced understanding, skills and professional values in educational practitioners.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award EDD
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

The aim of the Doctor of Education programme is to develop new knowledge and original thinking, as well as advanced understanding, skills and professional values in educational practitioners. Our Doctorate in Education is a high-quality form of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training that enhances the professional practice and expertise of all participants.

Graduates of the Doctorate in Education are able to take a leading role in developing excellence and leadership in learning, teaching and/or student development in educational establishments. Their CPD training prepares them to engage in research/educational enquiry, and critical reflection and will also undertake critical analysis of literature, theory and practice in both education and teaching and learning.

Professional Doctorates combine the robustness of a PhD with application to a professional area of practice. Research projects in professional doctorates are typically ‘applied’ and theoretically focused within a shorter format.

What happens on the course?

The focus on educational enquiry on this course is designed to provide a structured learning experience that enhances doctoral level research skills, the ability to appraise both professional and theoretical areas of interest and critique policy and practice. The learning process is intended to build your knowledge base in your particular area of study, as well as your capacity to contribute to evidence-based practice in your professional area.

This programme is ideal for those moving towards a career in education research or leading research and practice in the workplace.

The programme is mapped over four academic years with participants completing 90 credits each academic year. Part-time students typically take between four and eight years to complete their doctoral studies.

Modules and methods of assessment

Reflective Development (Portfolio) - 60 credit module over two years

The portfolio provides a means by which Doctor of Education participants reflect on the different aspects of their doctoral work and all the module assignments, as well as any additional evidence are bought together in a single place. This provides a basis for discussion with advisors and supervisors during the programme. The module aims to support critical, reflective practice through a range of independent and collaborative activities in both face to face and digital contexts. The portfolio is also the vehicle for the formative and summative assessment of this module.

Advanced educational research - 60 credit module over 1 year

The module aims to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the range of ontological, epistemological and ontological perspectives in educational research. Participants are encouraged to critically evaluate research paradigms, methods and techniques in order to position themselves as researchers in relation to the research issue and context. You will also develop a range of research skills and justify your ethical stance on the research process. The assessment in this module is in the form of two assignments, which explore your research position and your ability to critique research methodology.

Implementing education enquiry - 60 credit module over 1 year

This module forms a bridge between the taught phase of the course and the thesis module. The focus is on the development of the research question through the analysis and synthesis of the related literature. The first assignment is a literature review, which forms the basis of decisions relating to the design and planning of the educational enquiry pilot. The selection and implementation of educational research methods and the critical, reflective evaluation of the research process is the basis of the second assignment. This takes the form of a presentation outlining the design, implementation and evaluation of the pilot study and viva examination.

Thesis Module - 180 credit module over 2 years

The final year of your doctorate degree features the presentation of a doctoral thesis of up to 40,000 words. During this period you will be working with a supervisory team and be subject to the routine quality procedures of the research community outlined in the University guidelines. There will be a programme of seminar presentations to support participants of the Doctor of Education programme to develop a high standard of presentation skills, build confidence to work collaboratively and share the research outcomes in a range of contexts.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing supports the ground-breaking research of over 240 doctoral students in education, health, social work and social care, sport and psychology. Our research community is diverse and dynamic. We work with local, regional and international students from across the world on a diverse range of research fields. We welcome applications from graduates wanting to develop themselves, their area of interest and their careers.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans gov.uk.

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits


Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


Self-funded:

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.


Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.


You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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