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Professional Doctorate in Education

Bath Spa University
Program overview
6 years
Part time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available

Start dates
01 October 2023

01 October 2023

About this program

Professional Doctorate in Education

This Professional Doctorate in Education is a part-time course in two parts. The first part is the taught element which will take three years to complete, the second is the independent research element which will take two to three years.

The taught element contains six modules. Two modules will run per academic year, one per semester. This will also involve planning a piece of original research. You must pass the taught element of the course to move on to the thesis stage.

Once the taught part of the course is complete, you'll conduct an independent piece of empirical research that will make an original contribution to knowledge. This element will take two to three years. You'll work with two supervisors who'll guide your work, and you'll produce a 50,000 word thesis.

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Program content

  • Understanding educational research
  • Advanced educational research methods
  • Educational research proposal
  • Policy and professionalism in education
  • Leadership and pedagogy
  • Critical studies in early childhood
  • Education and society
  • Education and globalisation
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


UK students Part time: £2,284*


Program Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

A1 The creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research or other advanced scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication

A2 A conceptual understanding that enables you to evaluate research methodologies and develop critiques of them, and to apply research techniques appropriate to advanced academic enquiry and original educational research

A3 A systematic understanding of knowledge at the forefront of professional practice in education, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in your field of study

A4 A comprehensive understanding of the ethical considerations involved in educational research.

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Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is a top UK university for creativity, culture, enterprise and education. Based in a World Heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, Bath Spa University ensures that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens....

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Bath Spa University

Newton Park
BA2 9BN Bath
United Kingdom

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