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Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Ed.D pathway on the Professional Doctorate is designed for experienced educational professionals and aims to develop their critical​ knowledge of current educational issues. Study at doctoral level stimulates and transforms students' professional thinking and everyday practice, whilst developing a deep understanding of real-life professional situations.  Students make a substantial and original contribution to the development of educational knowledge in relation to their own individual educational interests. 

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Why do a EdD?

Theoretical and practical ideas in the Education sector​ are  constantly changing and evolving. Professionals working in this field need to engage with current research and develop their professional practice through continual professional development (CPD). The EdD pathway of the Professional Doctorate enables students to become research literate and to apply these skills to their everyday professional practice.  The EdD focuses on 'applied' research, related to students' individual research interests.  Academic and professional knowledge are used to focus on a 'change' project related to students' individual job role.

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"Undertaking the EdD has been a challenging and rewarding experience to date. It has informed and extended my knowledge and practice to a higher level which has impacted positively on my confidence and professional identity. The opportunity to study with other professionals at Level 8 has provided valuable collaboration and networking opportunities. Working with my supervisory team and fellow students supports our vibrant, discursive research community."

Kris Sobol, Senior Lecturer Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy. Prof Doc / EdD student 

Contact Information

Dr Susan Davis
Education Pathway Leader
Cardiff School of Education, 
Cyncoed Campus, 
Cyncoed Road, 
CF23 6XD
e: sdavis@cardiffmet.ac.uk​
T: 02920 416545​

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