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Doctorate of Education - Higher Education

University of Liverpool Online Programmes
Length: 3.5 - 4.5 years
Education level: Doctorate / PhD
Location: Online / distance learning
Language: English

Doctorate of Education - Higher Education

doctoral studentAcquire the knowledge, skills, confidence and academic credentials to play a leading role in Higher Education around the globe. The 100% online Doctor of Education - Higher Education (EdD) adopts an integrated holistic approach to learning and focuses on the latest practice, research, and leadership thinking within Higher Education environments.

The programme places great emphasis on the development of a deep understanding of universities, operating in a global context, as places of learning and as learning institutions. The focus is on the use of professional knowledge, academic and policy literature, and published and personal research to promote the leader at the heart of institutional development.  

Equivalent in status to a PhD, the EdD is a professional doctorate focusing on Higher Education as a global enterprise. The curriculum of the EdD is constructed from an international perspective – using research, case studies, policy and academic literature from international sources – to complete the international experience. Modules include Leadership, Policy and Institutional Change, Action Research for Educational Leadership and Internationalisation and the Impact of Global Trends. Alongside the core modules, students each write a Doctoral Development Plan (DDP) reflecting on their development as doctoral practitioners and researchers.

The admission requirements include a masters degree from a recognised institution, and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience, including at least some responsibility for coordinating or managing the activity of colleagues. Students must have ongoing scope to interact with other Higher Education professionals, and to conduct investigative exercises in an educational setting in order to complete assessment tasks on the programme.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for the Doctor of Education – Higher Education are:

  • A Masters degree within a Social Science discipline, or its equivalent, from a recognised institution comparable and/or equivalent to a UK university Masters Degree
  •   A minimum of two years of relevant work experience, including at least some responsibility for coordinating or managing the activity of colleagues. Students must have work that allows them to interact with other Higher Education professionals and to conduct investigative exercises in an educational setting in order to complete assessment tasks on the programme
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their competence in the language (Measured Success; IELTS; TOEFL examinations: minimum IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600)

This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:

Doctor of Education – Higher Education core modules

Doctoral Development plan
Becoming a Doctoral Practitioner
Learners and Learning
Learning: Environments, Infrastructures and Organisations
Ways of Knowing: Perspectives on Educational Research and Practice
Values in Educational Research and Practice
Leadership, Policy and Institutional Change
Educational Research Methods
Action Research for Educational Leadership
Internationalisation and the Impact of Global Trends
Thesis

University of Liverpool Online Programmes

University of Liverpool Online Programmes

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