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This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by November 2022 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.
Do you wish to progress as a manager and leader in primary, secondary or tertiary education? Our online 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 of improving public and private educational environments.
Mode of Study:
Part-time Distance Learning
University of Bolton
To be confirmed
The University of Bolton's EdD in Educational Leadership (online) is designed for working professionals who aspire to be educational leaders. If you want 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, allows you to complete 'blocks' of online learning, combining rich online media-based interaction and collaborative work, seminars, online taught elements and tutorials with interactive, collaborative coursework. Our expert team will guide you 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'. This part of the programme is very well structured and scaffolded so that you make rapid progress and acquire a strong grounding in the field. Significant formative support with analysis and argument development is provided as you move through the programme.
Stage two involves a directed and independent study programme 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 understand how to 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).
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
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 education 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 managerial decision-making.
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. Successfully completing this Doctor of Education course will enhance your professional effectiveness, emphasising leadership, educational reform, and managing change. Holders of this qualification will possess skills in organisation and management and the knowledge and political skills needed to improve public and private educational environments.
Possession of an EdD in Educational Leadership will enhance your career opportunities. It can support your progression into senior education leadership and management. This could include senior headships, executive principalships, higher education academic roles, roles managing and leading new academies, and chief executive roles within educational charities.
Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some of these careers include:
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 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 for EU students web page 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.
There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
This programme combines a range of online learning approaches enriched by 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. Our supervisors, module tutors, guest speakers and moderators are experienced managers and leaders in various educational areas. They are 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. We'll also guide you in developing your professional understanding of practice and research skills.
We aim to act as facilitators, helping you 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. We'll also support you in designing and undertaking 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 from inception through to submission and the oral examination. They will have expertise in your proposed research area, so you can discuss your ideas in tutorial sessions.
Overall, you'll be expected to demonstrate significant independence in your study, taking responsibility for managing your own learning time.
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.
Programme Leader for the English Pre Sessional and International Foundation programmes
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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