Doctor of Higher Education (EdD), Ph. D.

Acquire the knowledge, skills, confidence and academic credentials to play a leading role in Higher Education around the globe. Our 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.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Acquire the knowledge, skills, confidence and academic credentials to play a leading role in Higher Education around the globe. Our 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.

How does online study work?

All masters and doctoral programmes are accessible 100% via the internet, giving career professionals access to a level of higher education that may otherwise be out of reach because of work or family responsibilities.

As an online student with the University of Liverpool you will have:

  • A classroom that is always open
  • Direct feedback from faculty and peers
  • Interaction online with fellow students

In completing your assignments, you can interact with instructors and classmates whenever and wherever it suits you best.

All course modules are delivered online one at a time, so you can get explore the subject in real depth. We carefully compose each individual study group from a student body representing a wide variety of experience, so that feedback from classmates is stimulating and inspiring, bringing both specialist knowledge and fresh perspectives.

Accreditation

Fully recognised online postgraduate degrees

The University of Liverpool’s online degrees have the same status and standing as those awarded to graduates who study on-campus. This applies to all our online postgraduate degree programmes.

The University’s status as a UK degree-awarding institution dates back to 1903 when it was first granted a Royal Charter.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – the organisation that monitors and advises on quality and standards in UK higher education – confirmed in its 2009 review that students can have confidence in the quality and standards of the University of Liverpool’s provision.

Many countries, including the USA and Canada, accept the standard of degrees awarded by UK universities as equivalent to their own.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Application deadline flexible
  • Start date
    Any time
  • Full-time duration 54 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Online study with the University puts you in charge of your studies. You can study anywhere, anytime and even take a break between programme modules.

Our international approach

  • a global presence and approach to research and learning
  • international programme curricula with online students and faculty from over 160 countries
  • 100% online accessibility, allowing you to study from wherever you are

A collaborative learning experience

  • an engaging, interactive and collaborative learning environment
  • direct feedback from faculty and peers, support from our dedicated support teams
  • knowledge and skills that you can use immediately for professional impact

Audience

The online EdD programme is aimed at senior education professionals looking to take their careers to the next level, while continuing to work.

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Academic Requirements

General admission criteria

In keeping with its standing as a high ranking institution, the University of Liverpool sets high standards for its applicants.

You will generally be expected to have a suitable combination of these three elements:

  • Educational and professional qualifications
  • Work experience
  • English proficiency

Your working experience is important. If you are successfully admitted to a University of Liverpool online programme, you will draw on your professional experience in order to complete assignments and participate fully in the online classroom. In return, you will gain practical knowledge, skills and insights into best practices that you can apply immediately in your work.

Specific admission requirements

Education

EdD: A masters degree within a Social Science discipline from a recognised institution comparable and/or equivalent to a British masters degree.

English Proficiency

Completion of an online Academic Writing Skills assessment, provided by the University’s e-learning partner Laureate Online Education.

English Language skills relevant to an academic programme and comparable to a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 90-95 (internet-based test).

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

EdD: 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.

Technological Requirements

Computer and internet access.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships Students can that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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