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Doctorate Education

Teesside University
United Kingdom
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
3 years
January September
Tuition fee (local)
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Tuition fee (foreign)
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Entry Requirements

You are expected to be engaged as a professional in education and as such the preferred route for study is part-time. However, if you can make a compelling case for your likely success at completing the programme in a shorter, more intensive fashion, and are engaged in full-time employment then you may be considered for full-time study.

The programme equates to 540 credits, of which up to 60 may be M Level credits. To be accepted onto the programme you will normally have achieved a relevant and appropriate Master's level qualification within the last five years and have at least two years professional experience in a relevant field. If you have yet to achieve this amount of M level credits then you could complete the required amount by studying two modules on our Master's in Education programme.

If you have completed 60 credits in a relevant and appropriate level 7 programme of study within the last 5 years, for example, you have achieved a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in an education or research methods based programme, or have been awarded 60 credits on the Teesside University Master's in Education, you have advanced standing of 60 M level credits towards the EdD. In some circumstances you may be accepted with other experience or qualifications or involvement in educational research activity.

All applications are subject to interview, which normally involves two members of the programme team at Teesside University, (although this can be arranged to take place via Skype if necessary) and a suitable employer reference confirming at least two years professional experience in a relevant field. 

The interview is informal but applicants are expected to give considered answers to questions concerning their:

  • past educational experience
  • views on the relationship of research to practice
  • potential ideas for original research
  • reflections on their own ontological and epistemological stance


Core modules

  • Advanced Independent Study (Thesis)
  • Educational Research: Practice and Planning
  • Integrating Secondary and Primary Research in Education 

and one optional module (part-time students)

  • Combining Professional and Academic Practice
  • Philosophy and Stance in Educational Inquiry 

Full-time students

  • Philosophy and Stance in Educational Inquiry

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