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About Education at Nottingham Trent University

Education research at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

Make your mark on the education sector, by shaping the practice and theories of tomorrow. Our Professional Doctorate has consistently delivered world class research, to enhance knowledge, methodology, and critical thinking in the field of education - at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), we're committed to supporting research that improves lives, and society.

This programme looks at the interdependence of theory and method across the sector, from a social perspective - taught modules lead up to your dissertation, when you will introduce and illuminate an exciting new area of academic enquiry.

You'll explore the relationship between policy, practice, and professional knowledge - on this course, you'll develop your own arguments and critical standpoints, growing as a professional and a person. NTU's Professional Doctorate in Education explores the nexus of understanding the world, and changing it. Engage with new ideas, and perspectives – put yourself at the forefront of knowledge and critical thinking in the education sector, and make a meaningful difference.

How you're taught

The Professional Doctorate in Education involves you in two formal elements of activity: workshops and supervision of your own research projects.


You will attend four, two-day workshops in Nottingham, in each of the first three years of your study. These are co-taught with the Social Practice and Legal Practice Professional Doctorates and address topics that are generically relevant to research at doctorate level. Each workshop or group of workshops is linked to a specific stage in the project.


Each student is assigned a team of supervisors for their individual research project. The team of supervisors will normally be staff from Education although there may be circumstances where cross-subject supervision is appropriate. This team will provide individual support for the completion of each document.

How will I be assessed?

To obtain a doctorate in Education (Ed. D.) students must pass each document within the course (360 credits at D level). The research is concluded with a viva voce examination based on Documents five and six.

To obtain an M.Phil. students must pass all four modules normally presented in the first two years of the course (240 credits at D level).

Teaching and learning

The Graduate School is committed to enhancing the quality of experience by providing a learning and teaching framework that supports independent and lifelong learners. Learning and Teaching approaches are diverse and continually monitored and developed to take account of new research, external reports and through staff development.

Careers and employability

Students are normally working within a professional contents prior to starting the course. However, the Professional Doctorate opens significant possibilities for research and research-based development work in higher education and within a multiplicity of associated institutions.

In addition to undertaking further research, your wide-ranging background reading, together with your highly-tuned skills of analysis and synthesis, make you a sought after individual in wide spectrum of posts. This include policy analysis, policy implementation and development, through to teaching and lecturing in a wide range of different institutions.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

As you're applying for a research degree (MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorates), you will need to submit a statement about the subject you wish to research. Please see our Graduate School pages for more information about this.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

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If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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