University of Exeter EdD

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University of Exeter EdD

Doctor of Education (EdD) Generic Route

The generic EdD route brings together professionals and policy-makers from across sectors that have traditionally been, and mostly remain, separated.

These include:

  • early childhood education and care
  • schools and further education colleges
  • adult and community education
  • higher education
  • medical education
  • health and social care

It encourages the growth of a community of professional scholars with varied but complementary interests in exploring theories, policies and practices associated with education, training, teaching and learning at different stages in the life course, together with the complex, overlapping roles of professionals engaged in these processes.

The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

The programme carries a total of 540 credits and is completed in two ‘Phases’.

Phase 1 (pre-thesis) is normally equivalent to one full-time academic year (12 months) and has a credit rating of 180. This phase is divided into six 30-credit modules. Each module is assessed by means of written assignments (each equivalent to 6,000 words).

To progress to Phase 2 you are required, as a minimum, to complete four ‘core’ modules and two modules in any one of the ‘special fields.’

Phase 2 (thesis) is normally equivalent to two full-time academic years (24 months)and has a credit rating of 360 (the equivalent of 180 credits per year). This phase consists of a single module which entails the completion of a 50,000 word research thesis within the special field chosen in Phase 1.

University of Exeter EdD, Duration

The EdD generic pathway is only available as a part-time study option.  As the maximum period of study is 7 years part-time it is normally expected that the thesis be submitted by the ‘submission date’ which is 6 years after the commencement of the programme. This is to ensure that the viva voce examination and any amendments required can be completed before the maximum period of study, or ‘completion date’ is reached.