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School of Education

EdD: Learning Outcomes

The taught phase of the programme enables students to address these broad learning outcomes: 


Learning Outcome

Group A

Critical understanding of issues relating to teaching & learning

Group B

Critical understanding of the organisation of education

Group C

Ability to analyse and evaluate educational research

The structure is designed to provide a progressive focusing towards the thesis. Students are introduced to the requirements of the thesis early in their programme so that they can develop and refine their ideas with support from colleagues, prior to commencing the thesis. The taught modules provide a wide platform in the obligatory modules that can then be extended in the other modules in order to be responsive to students' needs.

Because the thesis requires a higher level of independent thinking to produce a piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge, the programme requirements are that the modules "Analysing, Interpreting and Using Educational Research", "Understanding Qualitative Educational Research" and the "Thesis Proposal" are compulsory.  

In the final phase, students work as individuals, with two supervisors, to produce a thesis, which is often but not always related to a specific aspect of their work and position in the education service. It is expected that the research topic should complement the research strengths in the School of Education.

The EdD thus moves from a broad base to a specific thesis which, though shorter and more focused than a PhD thesis, has to reach the same level and be judged by the same criteria as the PhD thesis. The EdD and PhD have exact parity of degree status.