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.

Doctor of Education (EdD) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Programme structure

The EdD TESOL 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

Part-time students are required to attend intensive residentials at Exeter each year, for 2 weeks each July.  (TESOL students are not required to attend the March residential but may wish to do so in order to attend some classes, meet with supervisors, etc.)

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 part-time students starting in July 2017 attendance in Exeter is required as follows:

17-28 July 2017
TBC July 2018

Full-time students will need to be resident in Exeter for at least the first year in order to attend classes.  After this it is possible to apply to switch to part-time study and, if approved, return to your own country to conduct fieldwork. 

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.

Further information

Further details about the precise structure and content of the EdD TESOL programme can be found in the course maps:-
EdD TESOL Exeter full-time course map Sept 2014 start
EdD TESOL Exeter part-time course map July 2015 start