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Overview
This Professional Doctorate (EdD) provides an alternative route to the current PhD for mid-career and senior professionals in mainstream education and related disciplines in Northern Ireland and further afield.

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.

Why Queen's?
Flexibility
The Doctorate in Education programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and is delivered via blended learning.

Credit Transfer
Applicants may (at the time of application) be considered for credit transfer of Masters degrees completed within the last 10 years (for a maximum of one module).

Course Details
The programme consists of a taught element and an independent, research-related thesis. Students must complete nine taught Doctoral modules and a research dissertation, which has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words). Modules are usually taught over 2.5 days (Thurs to Sat).

Learning and Teaching
The programme consists of a taught element and an independent research-related thesis.

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, and 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.

Students must complete nine taught Doctoral modules and a research dissertation. The research dissertation has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words). Modules are usually taught over 2.5 days (Thurs to Sat).

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

Research modules
Students must complete the following research modules:

Introduction to Doctoral Study in Education(compulsory)
Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory)
Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory)

Plus one other research modules 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
Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion
Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion
TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy
TESOL: Issues in Language Learning

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.

Please note: The closing date for applications to this programme is Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 4pm. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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. 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. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - 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

Duration

3-4 years full-time or 4-8 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.

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 alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Karen Wylie
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Tel: 028 9097 5937
Email: k.wylie@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/ssesw

Subjects taught

Compulsory modules
•Educational Research: an Overview
•Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory
•Quantitative 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
•Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion
•Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion
•TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy
•TESOL: Issues in Language Learning

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
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

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However 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.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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