EdD in Higher Education
The higher education strand of the EdD programme at Sheffield offers a unique opportunity to come together with colleagues specializing in this field of study.
The new Centre for Global Higher Education is the first UK research centre dedicated to the investigation of higher education and its future. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The Centre is led by the UCL Institute of Education, with the University of Sheffield and Lancaster University as core partners. We are therefore in an optimum position to support students and scholars interested in the academic study of higher education.
We define higher education broadly to encompass the fields of professional, vocational, further and adult education.
During Part I of the EdD programme you will have the opportunity to study a range of key issues and contemporary debates in higher education. In the first year there is a focus on the conceptualization of higher education, both as a field of enquiry and as an education sector. We also introduce contrasting approaches to research in relation to higher education, drawing on the resources and expertise of colleagues in the two research centres. You will find more information and our areas of expertise on the staff profiles.
Other key topics we explore during Part I include internationalization, globalization and higher education and higher education policy. You will also work with colleagues from across all strands of the EdD programme to consider contemporary education debates, curriculum matters and pedagogical issues.
In Part II of the EdD programme you will have the opportunity to pursue a study of direct relevance to your own research and practice interests. You will work closely with a supervisor to develop your initial proposal and to continue to develop your study and final write-up.
The main aim of the programme is to develop high standards of research that will be relevant to a range of professional and managerial careers.
The programme is designed to enable each student to focus on issues relating to her/ his own professional needs. In Part I, students undertake six modules. Three of these are focused on research training, in preparation for Part II. The other three modules all examine a variety of aspects of educational research. Students are encouraged to shape assignments to meet their own professional contexts.
In Part II, students undertake an independent study in an area of their choice.
Who is the EdD in Higher Education for?
The programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in a wide range of areas related to higher and post-secondary education. Many of our students are in middle and senior management positions in universities, colleges, professional organisations and policy bodies, in the UK and other countries. Some have recently moved into higher education from public, private and third-sector organisations. Others are at the start of their careers. The course is for people who hold a Masters degree and who are committed to pursuing their studies at Doctoral level. They might want to specialise in a particular area of higher education. A number of students achieve publication in international peer-reviewed journals during the programme. Many also gain promotion or move to new positions due to their Doctoral work.
Where is the Programme Taught?
The venue for the weekend schools for the EdD programme is the luxurious Kenwood Hall in Nether Edge, Sheffield.
In Part I, students attend a weekend study school for each module i.e. three weekend study schools per year. Attendance at residential weekends is a compulsory part of the programme at Part I level. These weekends enable students to meet and develop their own networks and contacts.
Students are sent readings in electronic form prior to each weekend school. During the study school, students attend in lectures and seminars. Regular communication between students and supervisors is encouraged throughout Part II. In addition to attending supervision tutorials at weekend study schools students maintain contact at key points during their programme of study via e-mail, letter, telephone and personal visits.
This comprises six modules. They are normally studied in the following order:
Introduction to Education Research
An introduction to educational research, contemporary issues and debates in the field.
Contemporary Debates in Education
Draws on a range of research studies to explore topical educational issues, together with emerging patterns of educational provision for the future.
Processes of Educational Research
This module focuses on the research methodologies techniques and responsibilities of the researcher.
Approaches to Education Policy
Introduces students to the critical study of education policy, its formation and effects in relation to theory and practice. Education policy themes include: marketisation/privatisation, globalisation, professional identity and equality.
Named route module
Focuses on a variety of aspects of educational research related to the specific named route chosen by the student, in this case, Higher Education.
Research Design and Management
Looks at practical issues involved in all stages of the research process, which includes those undertaken in Part II of the EdD programme.
Part II: Thesis
An extensive research project of between 50,000 and 60,000 words. more information can be found under 'Assessment'.
Students complete an assignment at the end of each module in Part 1. Students are encouraged to shape assignments to meet their own professional contexts. Every student is assigned a personal tutor for the duration of each module. Assignments are 6,000 words in length and students can expect to receive feedback on a plan and a complete draft of their assignment.
In Part 2 students conduct an extensive research project on an approved topic, resulting in a thesis of between 50,000 and 60,000 words. It is examined through a viva examination to ensure the highest research standards. The Part 2 research thesis is conducted under the supervision of a member of staff. Regular communication between students and supervisors is encouraged throughout Part 2. In addition to attending supervision tutorials at weekend study schools, students maintain contact at key points during their programme of study via e-mail, Skype and/or telephone.
Recent thesis titles include:
Chris Jarvis (2012) ‘Using Pupil Voice to Inform Cross-Curricular Language Lessons in a Specialised Foreign Language Secondary School’