This Professional Doctorate (EdD) is a partly taught and partly research-based Professional Doctorate which has proved to be both successful and convenient for senior professionals in education and related fields. We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods, education policy, education management, TESOL and professional development.

On successful completion, students will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of their research dissertation study. They will demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate the results and their implications.

We undertake a wide range of research that falls within two broad themes: pedagogy, learning and curriculum; and human rights, equality and social cohesion in education. Underpinning all of our research is a commitment to achieving a real impact in the lives of educators and learners.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and a Masters degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Performance profiles (grades etc) may also be required to ensure suitability of the applicant for Doctoral study. Applicants will normally be expected to have at least five years' full-time professional experience in a field of work related to Education.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English language requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Graduates from this degree have found it of great benefit in developing their professional expertise and in gaining promotion in their current workplaces.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr. Katrina Lloyd
Professional Doctorate Programme Director
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Tel: 028 9097 5937

Subjects taught

Students must complete the following research modules:
• Introduction to Doctoral Study in Education
• Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory
• Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory

Plus one other research module from:
• Experimental Methods in Educational Research
• Narrative and Arts-Based Research Approaches
• Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Educational Research
• Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings
• Survey Methods in Educational Research
• The Professional as Researcher

Optional modules:
• Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues
• Children's Rights - Research and Practice
• Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood
• Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion
• Exploring Justice for Special Needs Education and Inclusion: A Capabilities Approach
• TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy
• TESOL: Issues in Language Learning

* These modules are an example of what is available in any one year and are subject to change.


Learning and teaching
Morning / Afternoon / Evening

Indicative Number of Modules per Semester
Full-time students: 2-3 modules per semester.
Part-time students: 1-2 modules per semester.

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester
Varies, depending on number of modules and mode of study.

Education highlights
You can choose from a range of modules to meet your specific professional needs.

Internationally Renowned Experts
• The programme features input from leading international scholars and established academics.

Student Experience
• Flexibility The programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and is delivered via blended learning. The programme content is delivered in two and a half day blocks (usually Thursday-Saturday).
• Credit Transfer Applicants may (at the time of application) be considered for credit transfer of Master's degrees completed within the last 10 years (for a maximum of one module).
• We offer many opportunities for networking and sharing best practice with other education professionals and students in the Graduate School.
• You will enhance your career prospects and depth of knowledge in an area of specialist research.

Assessment method

Each module is assessed through an assignment equivalent to a maximum of 5,000 words. The final dissertation of 40,000 words is assessed by an oral examination (viva voce).

Application date

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31st July 2018.
Late applications may be considered.

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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