Attendance at the residential periods provides the opportunity to build a wonderful network of support and professional contacts.

Doctor of Education (EdD) Generic Route

Programme structure

The EdD Generic programme is divided into two phases:

Phase 1 (pre-thesis)

Part 1 of the programme consists of six modules, delivered through a combination of lectures, personal study, and reflective discussion amongst peers. It is equivalent to 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study.

All students will complete the following shared core modules:

In addition to the shared core modules, you will also take the following 'special field' modules:

In this phase you are guided through various readings and assessed assignments which allow for professional networking and collaborative learning, and which give you the opportunity to:

  • explore the theoretical, historical and policy contexts in which your professional work is set, as well as the ways in which these contexts impact upon current practices in your professional field
  • explore research methodologies that may inform your research in phase 2
  • reflect critically upon your own professional practice, before embarking on the research phase

Attendance dates

You are required to attend two intensive residentials at Exeter each year. 

  • 1 week in July
  • 1 weekend in March

During the research phase attendance at residential periods becomes optional but is still strongly advised as they allow for professional networking and collaborative learning through pre-arranged workshops and lectures that will assist you with your dissertation work.

For students starting in July 2017 attendance in Exeter is required as follows:

17-23 July 2017
TBC March 2018

The structure of the teaching at the residential weekends, and the community of practice that develops, has been fantastic — it provides for a wonderful network of support and professional contacts. The experience of the professors who came and talked and worked with us on those residential weekends was inspirational, engaging and hugely motivational.
Mark Leather,
Former EdD student.

Stage 2 (thesis)

This is the research phase of the degree. In this phase you will undertake properly informed and ethical research within educational settings (which may include your own workplace) and produce a doctoral dissertation.

The thesis of approximately 50,000 words is expected to demonstrate a deep knowledge of the research process at doctoral level, including ethical dimensions and the selection and defence of an appropriate methodological approach; and to make an original contribution to (professional) knowledge. Two supervisors are nominated for research supervision and a mentor is also allocated to each student.

The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community. It helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries.

Exit award

You may exit the programme at the end of Phase 1, with a Masters in Practice-Based Educational Research, if you have gained 180 credits in Phase 1. If you exit with this award you may apply to re-enter the programme to complete Phase 2, provided your re-entry is within two years of exiting the programme and provided you have fulfilled the minimum requirements for entry to Phase 2. If you re-enter the programme, you must relinquish the exit award before graduating from Phase 2.

Further information

Further details about the precise structure and content of the programme can be found in the course maps:
EdD Generic Route course map July 2015 start