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Are you seeking to progress your career as a manager and leader in primary, secondary or tertiary education? Our Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdDL) degree focuses on helping you gain high standard professional, organisational and political skills and knowledge to meet the vast challenges associated with improving both public and private educational environments.
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The University of Bolton’s EdD in Leadership is designed for working professionals who aspire to be educational leaders. If you’re looking to strengthen your skills for leading groups in high-performing teaching and learning organisations, and connect relevant research with practice, this part-taught doctoral programme can support your career development.
The Doctor of Education in Leadership differs from the traditional PhD in that it is in two parts. Stage one, the taught element, offers you the opportunity to complete ‘blocks’ of blended learning – combining online rich media-based interaction and collaborative work, seminars, online taught elements and tutorials with interactive collaborative coursework. You’ll be guided to explore topics such as revisiting learning and teaching, the impact of emerging educational models, transformative learning, managing politics and policy influences, leadership and organisational transformation, and mastering the ‘self’.
Stage two involves a programme of directed and independent study leading to the development and submission of your research proposal, followed by the production and defence of your own critical commentary. Our welcoming team of experienced, professionally and academically qualified staff will help you to understand how you can align your research topic of interest to other current research in applicable fields, and apply it to your own professional practice and context.
Successfully completing this doctorate may facilitate your application for Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
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The University of Bolton’s EdD in Leadership is designed for those currently in, or aspiring to, senior or middle leadership roles and responsibilities in schools, colleges, universities or other professional educational and training settings. It’s highly relevant for education practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and scholars interested in exploring leaders and leadership in an educational context, and developing their critique and analyses of best practices to inform decision making at managerial level.
This course is designed for senior educational professionals and leaders working in schools, colleges, and other educational organisations committed to high quality teaching, learning and leadership. Successful completion of this Doctor of Education course will enhance professional effectiveness with the emphasis on leadership, educational reform and managing change. Holders of this qualification will possess skills in organisation and management along with the knowledge and political skills needed to improve both public and private educational environments.
Possession of an EdD in Educational Leadership will enhance your career opportunities and can support your progression into senior education leadership and management. This could include senior headships, executive principalships, higher education academic roles, as well as roles managing and leading new academies, and chief executive roles within educational charities.
Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021/2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021/2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:
You should have to hand:
Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role
Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately
Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference
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Apply online: University of Bolton Doctor in Education Leadership - 20 September 2021
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.
This programme combines a range of blended learning approaches enriched with emerging technologies, with flexible delivery designed to fit around your demanding personal and professional commitments. We aim to provide a safe but challenging space in a supportive community of peers, and our supervisors, module tutors, guest speakers and moderators are themselves experienced managers and leaders in a variety of educational areas, and engaged in the drive to raise the quality of provision in all educational sectors.
We favour a style of interaction that places a great deal of emphasis on personal responsibility, self and critical awareness, recognition of the needs of others, and open and honest communication. We’ll encourage you to undertake scholarly reflection on, and experiment with, new concepts and ideas, and guide you in the development of your professional understanding of practice, and research skills.
We aim to act as facilitators – helping you to develop the necessary critical distance from which to review and evaluate research, relevant existing and emerging theories, policies, and best practices. We’ll encourage you to examine and challenge your own professional practice and its relationship with theory and trends, and support you to design and undertake your own ethically-informed research.
Crucially, your studies will usher you towards the development, production and defence of your thesis – a comprehensive study of your application of knowledge to a professional practice issue or issues with a shared theme. To this end, you’ll work with a named supervisor, your Director of Studies, who will guide and advise you through to submission and the oral examination. They’ll have expertise in the area of your proposed research so you can discuss your ideas in tutorial sessions.
Overall, you’ll be expected to demonstrate significant independence in your study, taking responsibility for the management of your own learning time.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 100%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
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