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There are two designated pathways: Leading Educational Practice in Professional Settings and Creative and Cultural Education.

Leading Educational Practice in Professional Settings is ideal for you if you are currently supporting the work of colleagues in an educational setting (for example, as a subject coordinator in a primary school; as head of department in a secondary school; or as a training manager in other professions or in business). It provides you with the opportunity to explore in-depth aspects of practice in your area of expertise, the management of change in practice, or managing the learning and development of colleagues.

The Creative and Cultural Education pathway is ideal if you are currently engaged in education from a cultural perspective (such as religious education, personal and social education or community development) or in a creative aspect (for example, being engaged in music, art or drama education; museum education; or other education-based work in a non-school setting). It enables you to focus on an aspect of practice or learning in the creative mode, with other practitioners or with students of any age. You also explore a topic of your choice and write a thesis, normally focused on an aspect of practice and involving empirical as well as theoretical approaches. The thesis is examined by viva voce with an internal and an external examiner.


Employers in education and elsewhere recognise doctoral qualifications as an indicator of high-quality performance and it may lead to opportunities for promotion.


Start dates

September and January

Teaching takes place

The majority of group sessions in the early stages of the programme are held during Saturdays and evenings

Distance learning

Research methods modules are available online, and the pilot study thesis may be completed using online contact for supervisions

Degree duration

3 years full-time, 7 years part-time

Course enquiries and applications

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Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures




Normally a Masters degree in Education or a related discipline and relevant professional experience. Please consult the Postgraduate Research Programmes Admissions Policy and the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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Course structure

Modules Credits

Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research 20
Exploring Mixed Methods in Social Research 40
Theory and Ethics in Educational Practice 60
Professional Reflection in Action 60
Pilot Study 60
Preparation for Progression 0
Thesis 300

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.


The fee structure for professional doctorates has been simplified and aligned to the research doctorate fee structure for 2018/19.  The previous fee distinction between the thesis and the taught element of the doctorate has been maintained for all but the Doctorate of Education (EdD) to reflect the higher cost of delivering the pre-thesis stage.  The EdD has been calculated as a flat rate fee to allow for the 2 to 3 years nature of the pre-thesis stage and on reflection that the majority of the students complete the full doctorate.

All the below in table 6a are studied part-time and the fees are the same for home/EU or non-EU students, reflecting that a part-time non-EU student is unlikely to attend if they have not already been granted the right to study in the UK.  Thus there is a negligible increase in cost for administering either home/EU or non-EU students.

The doctorate is to be completed in a maximum of 7 years.


Year 1| £2,000

Year 2| £2,000


Year 3| £2,000

Year 4| £2,000

Year 5| £2,000

Year 6| £2,000

Total cost: £12,000

Key course details

3 years full-time; 7 years part-time
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester