University Calendar 2011/12
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

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Academic Unit Southampton Education School
Final Award Doctor of Education [EdD]
Intermediate exit award: MPhil (Research Methodology)
Programme(s) Doctor of Education [EdD]
Last modified May 2009
Reviewed in May 2010: no changes made
Reviewed in August 2011; no changes made

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
1.1 Entry requirements
Candidates for entry to the programme must normally possess a Masters degree from an approved University in an appropriate discipline and a minimum of two years’ experience as a professional educator or educational administrator. Other candidates may be admitted to the course on the recommendation of the School.
1.2 Equal opportunities
In line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy, individuals are treated on their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the module, School and University. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no prospective student or current student should receive any less favourable treatment on any grounds which are not relevant to academic ability and attainment. Every effort is made to ensure that disabled students are aware of and assisted in making use of the support provided by the University; to ensure access to lectures, classes, learning materials; and to ensure that where necessary appropriate variations to normal examining arrangements are made.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 Modes of study
The scheme of study will comprise attendance at 8 modules comprising an appropriate mix of taught compulsory and taught elective modules, in research methods and in the specialism (Leadership & Management or Auto/Biographical Studies in Education), and the completion of a research thesis.

All students will be assigned a personal tutor during the coursework phase and a research supervisor who will be responsible for supervision of the student's progress in researching and writing his/her thesis.

Candidates are required to undertake the scheme of study over a period of not less than three years' and not more than five years' full-time study, or not less than four years and not more than six years' part-time study.

The Programme Specification provides further detail including modules, credits and content.

3. Progression
All students will be registered for EdD. At the end of the first year of study students may, rather than continue with their doctoral studies, transfer to the second year of the MPhil in Research Methods upon completion of at least two elective modules on the MPhil Research Methods programme. A student may apply for transfer from EdD to PhD from the beginning of the second year of full-time study or the beginning of the third year of part-time study.

4. Assessment
Candidates are required to complete successfully:
  • A portfolio of coursework of 30,000 words based on a range of 6 assignments from across the 8 taught modules. Permission to proceed to the thesis stage will be given by the School on the basis of a satisfactory portfolio.

  • A research thesis of 45,000 words.

  • An oral examination.
Students must attend 80% of each module. Those unable to meet this criterion will be asked to repeat the module(s) concerned.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
The examiners for each candidate shall recommend one of the following courses of action:
  • That a candidate who fails in up to two modules may be referred and re-submit work on those units on one occasion only by a date specified by the School. Failure in more than two modules will lead to termination of course registration.

  • That a degree of EdD be awarded subject, if necessary, to minor amendments being made by a date specified.

  • That the candidate be permitted to submit by a date specified a revised thesis.

  • That the candidate be required to attend a further oral examination.

  • That the degree of EdD not be awarded and that re-submission of the theses not be permitted.

  • That, in the case of a candidate who has failed to satisfy the requirements for the award of EdD, the degree of MPhil (Research Methodology) be awarded.
The final award is made by Senate on the recommendation of the School to candidates who have satisfactorily completed an approved course of study and have satisfied the assessment requirements.
In the case of a candidate who has failed to satisfy the requirements for the award of EdD or MPhil (Research Methodology), the candidate shall normally be regarded as having failed the examination.

A summary of the process for the submission of coursework can be found in the Programme Handbook. In the case of appeals and complaints the University’s regulations and procedures should be followed.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Not applicable.

7. Other
These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate. Students should comply with the University’s General regulations on attendance.

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Last reviewed: 3-Aug-2011
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