Doctor of Education


The Aldersgate College (AC) Doctor of Education Programme:

  • Offers the doctorate in an executive format, allowing executives and senior managers to complete their degree without career interruption.
  • Focuses a dynamic learning community of experts who provide ongoing support for innovative leadership.
  • Creates a dynamic learning community of experts who provide ongoing support for innovative leadership.
  • Extends participants the option to develop a dissertation on data from the student's employer, making their reaserch immediately relevant and encouring institutional support. Provides a structured and systematic approach to the curriculum and dissertation, making it possible for students to complete their work and earn their degrees within 4 years.

Entry Requirements 

On entry you must have the following:

  • Holds a Master's Degree in the field of education from a recognised institution
  • Have sufficient professional experience to undertake their proposed research. (This means they should have an appropriate background in research or deemed capable on the basis of their current academic qualifications, professional experiences and supporting references.)
  • Evidence of English language competency if your first language is not English. This may include an IELTS certificate, TOEFL certificate or GCSE English Language at grade C or above.


Year 1

Year 1 will enable you to refine your research question, consider an appropriate research design for your study and develop a conceptual framework for your chosen topic by exploring and critically evaluating the relevant literature. Alongside this you will be introduced to different research paradigms and methods.

Residential Weekend[At Your Study Centre]

At the start of Year 1, you will be required to attend a residential weekend. This will include research training sessions, where you will meet tutors and other students. There will also be an opportunity for a meeting with your personal supervisor.

Year 2

Year 2 you will work with your supervisor to develop your chosen area of research, develop a literature review and conduct a piece of pilot research.You will produce two progress reports (3,000-5,000 words) over the year and a Probation Report (10,000-12,000 words).Your report will serve as an Advanced Postgraduate point.There will also be opportunities throughout the year to attend doctoral training days.

Years 3 & 4

You will continue to work with your supervisor on the development of your thesis, again submitting progress reports over the course of the year.There will be a second residential training weekend in Year 4 if you expect to submit in Year 4.Your final thesis should be 55,000 words long, be methodologically rigorous and comprise work of publishable quality that makes an original contribution to knowledge in its field.

Final Assessment

Your thesis will be assessed by internal and external examiners and you will undertake an oral examination (viva). Successful examination will lead to the award of the Doctorate of Education

Award Conditions

Full Award: The Doctor of Education will be awarded when you have successfully passed all components.

Duration & Delivery Methods

Duration: The programme is designed to be delivered over three academic year for full-time, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time learning.Thus the duration canbe from 3-5 years.

Delivery Method: You will receive face-to-face teaching, including lectures, group discussions in seminars and tutorials for Stages 1 and 2, with stage 3 only involving supervision of dissertation and thesis defence (viva).

Academic Progression

Academic Progression: The Doctor of Education provides teacher educators to conduct scholarship in curriculum, instruction and school leadership, as well as providing on-going professional development for teachers and leaders.

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Aldersgate was established to develop the power of reason, to liberate people from ignorance, penury, and hopelessness and empower them to commence their own journey for social and economic transformation and spiritual salvation.

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