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.
The EdD 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 and accredits a portfolio rather than a traditional thesis
- a highly competitive course fee
The University of Buckingham EdD (Professional Record) 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 work in Education. Students will contribute to wider debate on education and perhaps most importantly reflect on the implication of their study for educators and learners. They will demonstrate the capacity to lead improvement in practice; which may involve working across organisational and professional boundaries, generating successful partnerships. They will show that they are able to exercise personal responsibility in complex and unpredictable situations potentially involving significant change management.
Each student is assigned two supervisors and receives guidance on the development of their doctoral portfolio. The portfolio consists of documents including, but not only, a Narrative CV, Executive Summary, Literature Review, Proposal and Findings. There are two residential stays each year where you meet with supervisors, attend lectures and workshops that contribute to the development of your portfolio.
The Portfolio should demonstrate 5 essential characteristics:
- Innovative or creative thought applied to the work of an educational institution/workplace;
- Awareness of the wider national (where appropriate, international) context of issues covered;
- Evaluation of the effect of progression on practice in the target institution(s) and the community;
- Understanding of broader educational issues (for example, political, economic & social) that precede choice of the study theme/topic
- A personal professional record of professional growth achieved through the programme itself
Full details in the Curriculum Handbook