Course Comparison

MA Education EdD Professional Doctorate in Education
Master of Arts - MA Professional Doctorate in Education - EdD
1 year 6 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available Part-time
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Society and Culture School of Society and Culture
Entry requirements
A relevant degree with honours (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent, see our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. You can check how your qualification compares with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.
Supplementary admissions form
All applicants are required to complete a supplementary admissions form as part of their admissions process.
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You will normally be expected to have successfully completed a masters degree. You should also be working in a professional context where you are responsible for supporting learning. However, all applications will be considered on an individual basis.
 You will need to be able to demonstrate the following:
  • The potential to study at doctoral level. This would normally be indicated by successful completion of a Masters degree, but in exceptional cases may be through successful completion of a task set by the admissions tutor(s).
  • An ability to work collaboratively in exploring and developing experience and ideas.
  • That you are working in a professional context where you are responsible for supporting learning. Candidates not currently working in a professional context, but with appropriate and sufficiently extensive experience, may be considered at the discretion of the admissions tutor(s). If you are in professional practice but, in the opinion of the admissions team, do not yet have sufficient or appropriate experience to draw on, you may be deemed ineligible.
  • A strong commitment to educational enquiry and the ability to reflect critically on practice, as a means of professional learning.
The following points will also be taken into account in selecting candidates:
  • Accreditation for prior certificated learning (APCL) will be considered up to 120 credits and normally only for work completed at doctoral level within the last five years.
  • Accreditation for prior experiential learning (APEL) may, exceptionally, be considered. This will be done in the line with the guidance in the programme and University regulations.
If you are an overseas applicant you can check the compatibility of your qualifications with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.
English language requirement
If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.
The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.