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Durham University

School of Education

Modes of Study

Full-time route

Domestic and international students wishing to study for the EdD full-time are sometimes taught alongside the part-time students on this programme or the full-time Master’s students, so that these full-time students do not miss out on a vital aspect of the Durham University School of Education – the close-knit postgraduate community. The full-time route lasts three years and includes six taught modules and a thesis.

Our full-time students are expected to complete all taught modules by the end of the first year; subsequently, arrangements for researching and writing the thesis are made with the supervisors. Students are in frequent contact with their supervisors in the research phases, followed by a period where they work more independently. Usually, the final phase of writing up the research includes more supervisions. However, the individual needs and projects of the students often lead to different patterns of study and so it is not possible to specify the expectations of study in more detail.

Part-time route

This mode of study is primarily aimed at domestic students and is structured to allow these to study around work and life commitments. The part-time route is usually completed within six years; students spend the first two years completing the taught element of the programme and the remaining four years completing their thesis.

During the taught phase of the programme, the taught modules are offered in an intensive pattern and are taught over three days: Saturday, Sunday and one further Saturday approximately one month later.

Arrangements for researching and writing up of the thesis are made directly with supervisors, so that students can tailor their personal project to their working style. Usually, students are in frequent contact with supervisors in the early phases of the research, followed by a period of independent study. In the final phase – writing up – there is normally more contact with the supervisors. However, individual needs and projects lead to different patterns of study, so it is not possible to specify expectations of study in more detail.