Our Doctoral Programme in Education by Professional Record promotes and endorses the highest level of knowledge, skills and experiences of leaders in schools and education in the belief that this recognition will impact significantly on practice.
This doctorate is unique in that it:
can be completed in just over 3 years of part-time study
involves itself in the professional practice of school leaders
it can by the creation of a portfolio or a traditional thesis
a highly competitive course fee
The University of Buckingham EdD is offered to experienced practitioners and postgraduate students who already hold an MA or equivalent. Doing a doctorate is likely to be one of the most intellectually challenging experiences of your professional career. Despite its challenges it is hoped that you will also find the experience hugely rewarding. The programme aims to enable those working in education to develop expertise through critical evaluation of research and scholarship in their chosen field of interest. Students will develop skills that allow them to critically analyse, engage in and reflect on educational issues. Whilst the intensity of the doctorate might seem daunting, the programme is designed for students to complete alongside their work in education. Students will contribute to wider debate on education and reflect on the implications of their study for educators and learners.
We offer two routes to achieving an EdD at Buckingham: a traditional thesis or a professional portfolio route. Many people will be familiar with the structure of the doctoral thesis. It is a pathway that encompasses a review of literature followed by the pursuit of a research project and as the EdD is a professional thesis, this would also include an evaluation of the implications for practice that the work would have within a particular educational context. A thesis consists of a continuous narrative, divided up into chapters that form a whole. Each chapter contributes to the main idea and builds a logical sustained argument cumulatively from start to end.
By comparison a doctorate by submission of a professional portfolio reflects on a particular area of focus and interest through the production of a collection of different papers that together form a whole. It is important to recognise that both require the same level of academic rigour. A thesis is an extended piece of research that presents an argument supported by evidence and reference to relevant research. For the portfolio, it is the overriding argument that binds the varied contents of the portfolio together. Both pathways would also require an ability to be critical both in terms of one’s own position and also in the development of your own critical voice when encountering a range of alternative views. Both pathways will also contribute something unique and original to existing knowledge. Originality may lie in the discovery or collection of material never before used; or it may lie in a new approach to more familiar material.
Each student is assigned two supervisors and receives guidance on the development of their doctoral thesis or portfolio. There are two residential stays each year where you meet with supervisors and attend lectures and workshops that contribute to the development of your thesis/portfolio.
The course is delivered online and is therefore suitable for applicants from any part of the world. There will be optional networking days at the university.
All applicants are supported by two supervisors on a regular basis.
Applicants will hold:
an Honours degree or equivalent and a Master’s award
evidence of previous academic and practical excellence, as well as future potential
How to Apply
Applicants are required to complete an application form (available via the ‘Apply’ button above) and to provide a doctoral proposal. On application, you will receive a form to be completed. This requires you to consider:
The focus (topic) of your research and/or evidence (e.g. leadership, curriculum development etc.
An introduction to existing literature reflecting your focus
How at this point you think you will carry out the work
The impact you feel this could have on educational practice
Your motivations for carrying out this work at this time and an introduction to your own educational context
Your application will be assessed against a number of different criteria. These include:
The suitability of your topic as one that has the ability to be developed at this level
Your ability to communicate effectively in English
The way in which your area of interest relates to your own professional experience and background
Your academic record to date
Applicants should have a focus linked to their professional remit and provide evidence that significantly contributes to the application of knowledge that is relevant locally, nationally and internationally. Potential applicants are welcome to contact the School of Education and speak to the Programme Director prior to application.
To apply you will need to supply:
copy of degree certificate
copy of Masters certificate
copy of passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)
head and shoulder style photo for your University identity card
The closing date for applications is 31 August 2021.
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the student contract between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the student contract in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the student contract contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting an offer. Read the Student Contract.
This should be paid at the rate of £5040 a year for the first three years of the course. It should be paid in three instalments each year: October, January and April.
Applicants must also pay a non-refundable £275 registration fee.
Fees are invoiced for in September, at the beginning of the course, and can be paid in termly instalments or in one lump sum. Termly instalments can be arranged directly with the Finance department upon receipt of the invoice.