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Prof Doc Professional Doctorate in Social Work

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Cass School of Education and Communities

Attendance

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

The Doctorate in Social Work at the University of East London is a five-year part-time modular course specifically aimed at senior professionals working in all fields of education. 

The course gives you the opportunity and the skills to conduct robust, innovative research that will improve the policy, practice and the quality of education. Your doctorate will enhance your professional capability through critical analysis and the use of research evidence. 

You will be studying at one of the most diverse and multicultural universities in London, with the chance to meet and work with students and academics with different national and international professional backgrounds, each with their own experience and expertise that they bring to the course. 

Doctoral courses at the University of East London give you the chance to draw on this dynamic research culture as well as the research expertise of our academic staff, at least two of whom will serve on your supervisory team. 

The EdD consists of two stages. In Stage One, you will study four compulsory modules over two years. This is then followed by Stage Two, where you complete your research thesis.

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According to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), 62% of our academic work was rated as ‘World-leading’ or ‘Internationally excellent’.

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What we're researching

Major areas of research within the Cass School of Education and Communities include: early childhood policy and practice, learning and teaching, language and diversity, work-based learning, teacher education, race and community, education equality issues, comparative education, professional education, social work knowledge and practice and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Entry requirements

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A Full Masters Degree

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

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We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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Minimum of three years experience of Professional Practice in social work or social care.
Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

  • Critically engaging with the literature (core)
  • Philosophy and practice of research (core)
  • Research methodology – perspectives on research (core)
  • Integrating theory, research and ethical practice – Moving towards Registration (core)

How you'll be assessed

At Stage One of the Professional Doctorate, you will be assessed via assignments (written and visual) and presentations. These will be marked by two members of the course team and moderated by an external examiner.

Stage Two consists of a 50,000 word thesis. You will be examined orally (viva voce) on your thesis by an internal and external examiner.

You must successfully complete all assessed elements before we can award you your Professional Doctorate degree. Students with disabilities and/or particular learning needs should discuss assessments with the Course Leader to ensure they are able to fully engage with all the elements of the course.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Cass School of Education and Communities provides a dedicated study and research space for doctorate students at the purpose-built Cass building - a facility that is a unique hub for research and training as well as a focal point for the community.

We offer you extensive support in a wide range of research and study skills, as well as guidance and specialist support through our Graduate School.

Research at Cass is structured around several research groups that cover a wide range of fields including language, diversity and multilingual education, leadership and management and early childhood education.

Studying for an EdD with us is a unique opportunity to join an international research and learning community through local, collaborative research groups and centres.

 Your study will take a variety of forms, including face-to-face tutorials, seminars and group workshops, written assignments and poster presentations. You will also be well-supported in your independent study and the writing of your thesis.

You will also have the chance to present at conferences at the University of East London and to have your work published in our well-respected research journal, Research in Teacher Education. You will also be encouraged to present at national and international conferences as and when this is deemed appropriate.

What you'll learn

A Doctorate in Education represents the highest form of research apprenticeship.  Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to challenge established ideas and concepts, and to develop your personal and professional skills to the highest level. 

You will study and acquire a substantial body of knowledge that is at the forefront of your academic discipline and area professional practice.  

As you progress on your doctoral journey you will gain a detailed understanding of the techniques used for research and advanced academic enquiry. 

This will enable you to conceptualise, design and implement a project that will add new expertise and understanding to your discipline, placing you at the forefront of expertise, nationally and internationally.

Your future career

This doctorate course at the University of East London is designed for professionals who are working within a range of educational contexts. 

School-centred research is a rapidly developing phenomenon, both nationally and internationally. This doctoral course is aimed at practising educators who would like to advance their own professional development in the areas of research, policy, curriculum development and professional practice.

It also gives you the opportunity to help improve educational and institutional practice generally.

Studying for a Doctorate in Education at UEL's Cass School of Education and Communities will benefit senior members of staff working in a variety of educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, examination organizations and policy-related institutions.

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