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St Mary’s EdD offers a cohesive and coherent doctoral study experience as part of a community of student peers and of research practitioners.
- A combination of online and face to face teaching
- The Naylor Library in Teddington holds a wide range of resources for teaching and education
Why study Professional Doctorate in Education?
Students are part of a vibrant research culture where the focus is on the process of development as a researcher in relation to personal and professional concerns and practices.
The curriculum and learning and teaching methods foster reflection on personal, professional and academic values and on the links between them. This knowledge is then related to evolving professional identities and roles as researchers.
Modes of learning and teaching forge meaningful links to policy, political and practitioner contexts. Readings, video and audio images, graphics, and online forums are some of the various stimuli provided to provoke thought and critical debate in weekend sessions and in personal student engagement.
Why St Mary's?
The programme benefits from its location in St Mary’s Institute of Education, which has plentiful and robust partnerships with schools and other professional educational settings and contexts. The Institute is credited as an outstanding provider of teacher education.
Students are well supported through our individualised mentoring system and our consultative approach with students. In the first year, each student in each cohort is assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) who will be their first point of contact throughout the first part of the programme. A Student Staff Consultative Committee meets regularly to share and address concerns or queries and cohorts develop their own peer-support networks through regular contact and sharing of ideas and resources.
Once students enter Part 2 of the EdD programme, they are assigned a supervisory team who provide tutorial sessions, professional guidance and research mentoring. Further support for research development is provided at this stage so that students are able to develop and refine their research, writing and presentation skills.
Dr Christine Edwards-Leis
Associate Professor - Education