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Doctoral Studentship in Education at University of Leicester in UK, 2015

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The University of Leicester School of Education is delighted to be able to offer a new Doctorate in Education (EdD) studentship, supported by the Sir Robert and Lady Hilary Burgess Research and Teaching Fund.

Inspired by the spirit and commitment shown by supporters of the University, Professor Sir Robert Burgess (Vice-Chancellor of the University, 1999-2014) and Lady Hilary Burgess (Director of Studies and Professor of Education in the School of Education) established the Fund with a personal donation. The Fund, which will make a lasting impact, will support teaching excellence by providing scholarships to fund a student to study for a Doctorate in Education (EdD). The Fund will enable our leading teachers to improve their practice, develop curricula and improve the quality of education for future generations.

The EdD Programme

The EdD programme is a part-time professional doctorate programme designed for full-time teachers, senior leaders and other education professionals. Key features of the programme include:

  • The possibility of conducting research in the workplace, typically focussing on aspects of teaching, learning and/or leadership;
  • A structured induction into doctoral research and writing, with four short assignments in the first stage of study;
  • An intensive induction weekend and an annual summer school;
  • Opportunities to join a vibrant research community;
  • The support of two expert supervisors
  • An emphasis on the development of critical reading, writing and thinking skills, research literacy and methodological understanding

The Studentship

The studentship is available for part-time registration and is payable as a UK/EU tuition fee waiver, which covers the part-time fee.

  • The fee waiver is payable over five years and is available to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants
  • Please note though that the award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only; international applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates.

Entry Requirements for the EdD

  • An Honours Degree with a minimum classification of 2.1 or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution*
  • A Masters degree in a relevant subject*
  • Sufficient experience to undertake the proposed research - i.e., an appropriate background in research or academic qualifications, professional experience, and supporting references
  • Standard English language requirements (IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 in each component; or TOEFL internet-based 90/120 minimum)
  • Under UK immigration laws, student visas are not issued for part-time programmes; international applicants would be expected to remain based in their normal country of residence
  • Applicants must be able to start in October 2015

*or show evidence of achieving this by October 2015

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome - please contact edupgr@le.ac.uk

Apply Now

  1. Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing. Further information can be found on the EdD entry requirements page.
  2. Prepare your supporting documents. Further information can be found on the EdD entry requirements page.
  3. Submit your online application or apply by post
  4. Search our staff supervision interests.

Important Advice for Applicants
The studentship will remain open until 1 July 2015 - so early application is strongly encouraged.
Applications that do not include a full research proposal and the required supporting documents will not be considered
In the Fees and Financial Support section of the application, applicants must state that they wish to be considered for the October 2015 Doctor of Education Studentship (Ref. EdD Burgess Studentship)

Award Terms and Conditions
The award has been made possible thanks to generous philanthropic donations from graduates and friends of the University of Leicester.
- The recipient of the award agrees to help with promotional activities to report back to the University’s donors on how their gifts have been spent and also encourage more donors to give to the University.
- Promotional activities will include providing a quote, photograph and an initial short update, for use in promotional material and publications, and a brief annual update on progress. Attendance at stewardship events may be requested from time to time by the Development and Alumni Relations Office (usually no more than two in a year). These events provide opportunities for Award recipients to present their work and personally thank donors for their generous support.  The main stewardship event is the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Benefactors’ Reception.

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