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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Education (doctorate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

Doctor of Education EdD 

1. Content of the course 


New students 

 This course is suspended for one year.

Returning students 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

For example, if there are changes to the anticipated length of the programme to take account of particular assessment methods or placements that might be core requirements which can only be undertaken in a normal operating environment, then these should be explicit:

New students 

 This course is suspended for one year.

Returning students 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

This course is suspended for one year.

Returning students 

Programme Delivery 

We will offer a flexible curriculum delivery based on changing government and university guidelines and in consultation with students to ensure a safe, quality experience for all of our students.   


We will continue to employ a dialogical approach in our teaching which values students/senior professionals’ existing knowledge and facilitates synthesising this knowledge with cutting edge research and research skills.  

During the first two years of the Applied Research Training (ART) programme students will be engaged in a series of weekend study schools as well as an annual summer school which incorporate lectures, seminars and group workshops involving tutor and student led activities. Students will engage in set pre-reading/independent study for each of the study schools and other forms of preparation including the development of presentations, written papers and carrying out research tasks.  


Teaching on the ART programme will primarily be delivered online, with Zoom as our principle platform for course delivery, video conferencing and interaction as we have found it to provide functionalities that enable us to engage with students successfully. This includes features and functions such as shared screen, chat facility, and break out rooms, allowing us to incorporate live face-to-face online sessions/seminar workshops; live question and answer/debate/discussions online in groups and with teaching staff; directed online tasks and activities to facilitate interaction between individuals and groups. 


Each student starting at the same point will become a member of a discrete cohort to foster a sense of group identity and create opportunities for peer assisted and collaborative studying. 

Students will receive (and may request) individual tutorials and supervision on a regular basis throughout each year.  

As part of the PGR community students will be invited to attend regular drop-in sessions and encouraged to participate and engage in research workshops and seminar series offered by the department, college and wider university.    

Should students be faced with complex and/or challenging circumstances we will exercise discretion in line with relevant university guidance, advice, protocols and procedures. 

Overall, the balance between lectures, seminar workshops and self-learning/support offered will be consistent with previous years, and there are no changes to teaching hours.  


Students will be expected to engage with relevant aspects of the ART programme (e.g. two study blocks) which includes a mid-year presentation and submission of an end of year 10,000 words written paper;  virtual rather than physical space will be used for student presentations if necessary. 

Year 3 and Year 4 

We will offer four Saturday schools spread across the academic year for those students (from January 2021 this will include year 5) who are at the thesis writing stage. 

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

New students 

This course is suspended for one year.

Returning students 

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student Reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your Student Representatives or through your Programme Leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your Course Rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CBASS-TPO-GASK@brunel.ac.uk


Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 09.08.21