The programme's structure and requirements have been planned to take account of the many competing demands on the time and energy of busy professionals, so the programme is delivered without the student needing to attend the university except for short but necessary periods as shown below.
This Doctorate is comparable with the PhD in terms of scale and rigour, but with a professional focus. It is recognised as a professional doctorate by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
The programme starts in January with a taught component providing research training in a broad range of design and method.
The attendance requirements have been concentrated in week-long blocks of study in the first two and a half years, with one week in each of the following months:
This allows you to focus your study time, to benefit from interaction with academic staff and fellow postgraduates, to attend tutorials and the colloquia, and to make use of the full range of University facilities.
In the final phase of the programme you will pursue independent research in an area of your choice informed by the three main themes of the degree: policy, research and practice.
A key aspect of your research will involve investigating the relationship between theory and practice, communicating your research findings to both professional and academic audiences.
Your research is supervised by experienced researchers from the School of Education and elsewhere in the University. You are required to engage in dialogue with professionals throughout the process of planning your research, gathering your data, and reporting your results and you are expected to pay particular attention to the ethical issues which arise in carrying out research on your professional field.
At the end of your research you will submit a substantial thesis which will be examined by acknowledged individual experts in the field of the research, normally one external to the University and one internal.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
To study at postgraduate level you should have a first degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience.
Confirm with the School to find out whether there are specific entry requirements for this programme.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
Students from United States of America need a visa in order to study in the United Kingdom.
Read more about visa information and requirements for this country.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships 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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