About this course
Our Doctor of Education programme will enhance your understanding of education in the broadest sense, helping you to directly relate your learning to current practice.
- Ideal for professionals working in the education sector
- Harness your passion and experience
- Take your personal development and pedagogical knowledge to the next level
- Enhance your understanding of how education works
- Relate your learning back to your practice
This specially designed programme gives you the chance to reflect on how you deliver your role and how you can transform practice – for both yourself and others.
Focusing on education in its broadest sense, the EdD is relevant to people who work in a wide variety of educational settings, including: the compulsory and non-compulsory sectors, formal and non-formal education settings, and professional, workplace and life-long learning.
At LJMU’s School of Education, we are an active community of academics and students, who are committed to education that inspires learning and enriches communities.
Our high quality research and teaching environment, encourages students to analyse the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technological context of educational theory and practice.
You will join a dynamic and diverse group of people who share a deep commitment to the investigation and enhancement of educational experiences of individuals, families and communities in a wide range of settings and in collaboration with many different partners. These include schools; early, further and higher education providers, as well as voluntary, public and private sector organisations.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
The Doctor of Education degree programme emphasises the development of leading edge knowledge to enhance professional practice in education.
There are four taught modules, a thesis and a reflection module.
Planning for research 1: theory and practice in educational inquiry
This module is designed to deepen and extend your knowledge about both research in, and on, education. It will also equip you to become a 'critical consumer' of research as a practitioner, by supporting you to develop the knowledge and understanding necessary to evaluate a range of approaches to educational research.
Planning for research 2: research design
This module offers you a chance to engage in detailed consideration of your professional context and the educational problems, issues and questions that arise from it. This leads to a workable research design through the process of conceptualising research questions to identifying the best means to answer those questions.
The education professional
This module is designed to facilitate reflection on your professional identity in education. You will locate this in systems of education that are shaped by a variety of potentially opposing values and subject to considerable change.
Theory, practice and policy in education
The final taught module explores the contentious and challenging impact on practice of educational thinking, theory and policy. You will focus on how this plays out in your own area of professional practice, allowing you to deconstruct the various forces that shape education in its broadest sense.
The thesis is 60,000 word document defended in viva voce (oral examination).
The 5,000 word reflection submitted alongside the thesis is about your learning in an academic and professional context and your thesis findings.
An insight into teaching on your course
The programme is in two parts: a two-year taught element followed by a two and a half year thesis phase.
The first part is taught in six, three-day blocks delivered over two years and complemented by interactive, online activities.
The second part involves working closely with a supervisor in the development, management and writing of a significant piece of research.
The Doctor of Education degree programme emphasises the development of leading edge knowledge to enhance professional practice in education. Your supervisor will support you to:
- contribute to the creation of new knowledge through original research and other aspects of advanced scholarship
- extend the forefront of educational practice by producing academic work that merits publication
- systematically analyse a substantial body of contemporary knowledge associated with their area of professional practice
- conceptualise, design and implement research that generates new knowledge, applications or theoretical understanding at the forefront of professional practice in education
- critically reflect on the relationship between theory and practice in education
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
Two of the major assessed pieces in the taught phase will 'mimic' journal articles with the expectation that the material submitted should be of publishable quality. You will be encouraged to follow up your success in these tasks by submitting the pieces to peer-reviewed journals. Additional assessment tasks include a presentation and aligned reflection on professional identity. Finally, you will submit a research proposal, designed to prepare you for working on your thesis.
The thesis is 60,000 word document, which is complemented by a 5,000 word reflection on your learning in an academic and professional context. Your reflection will also discuss the practical applications of your thesis findings, and will be assessed by a viva voce (oral examination).
The assessment strategy is based on skills and intellectual preparation for the thesis phase, along with an emphasis on factors associated with the dissemination.
Diahann is the Programme Leader of the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme in the School of Education. She is passionate about wellbeing in the education context and the development of education leaders. Diahann’s research interests are varied and interdisciplinary and include; mental health initiatives in schools, education of children in secure accommodation (children who are ‘locked up’ and infants who are resident in the secure estate) and educational anthrozoology/animal-supported learning in education settings.
Being part of the EdD programme gives you an opportunity to unravel the multi-disciplinary nature of education and gain skills for making an original contribution to knowledge and practice
What you can expect from your School
Based in IM Marsh Campus, the School of Education benefits from independent study spaces with IT facilities, a cafeteria and shop, a fitness room and access to student welfare and support. In addition to these facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres and an on-site library.
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You will need:
- a good first degree (usually 2:1)
- to demonstrate successful masters level study or equivalent
- experience commensurate with undertaking a professional doctorate. This usually means that you will have a professional role in a compulsory, tertiary, workplace or lifelong educational setting.
- In exceptional cases, students with a Masters in a different subject area who can demonstrate substantial experience in education may be eligible
- IELTs (or equivalent) score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 in each category
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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