Plymouth University

Professional Doctorate in Education



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

EdD Professional Doctorate in Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The title ‘Professional Doctorate’ signals that it is both for professional people and about the nature of professional practice and its development. Indeed, exploring the meaning of ‘professionalism’ is central to the programme and, as such, the term should be interpreted widely. Similarly, the word 'Education' should be interpreted in a broad sense to include all aspects of what we do to support learning, development and participation of those we work with: children, young people and adults in their social/cultural worlds. The programme as a whole therefore encourages you to consider how professional practice is manifested in your working context, whatever this may be, and to use this as the starting point for developing new ideas about its development. Whilst it is likely to be attractive to those working in mainstream education and schooling, it is equally intended for anyone who has a role in leading learning and professional development in any professional practice. Unlike many EdD programmes which are essentially modular methods courses followed by a thesis, this programme focuses attention on the nature of professional practice itself. This means it offers much more than being simply a ‘modular PhD’, providing you with an opportunity to really understand the nature of your professional work and its influence on practice. Part 1: modular stage • Policy and professional practice • Professional learning • Communities, culture and change • Social research Part 2: thesis stage You will undertake a substantial piece of original research into an area of practice of your own choosing, through which you will make an original contribution to knowledge. The research will be presented as a thesis of approximately 50,000 words which will be assessed through a viva voce examination.


Not applicable

International Student Requirements:

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 6820 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 6820 GBP

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