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Doctor of Education Creative and Media

  • Delivery:

We have designed this part-time course specifically for working media and creative teachers in schools, colleges and higher education institutions, but it will also be of interest to any teachers who want to know more about how media - and particularly media technologies - can be used in teaching and learning.

This programme of study is also ideal for any team leaders or heads of department who oversee the teaching of media and creative subjects, and for those in higher education with a primarily pedagogic approach to the creative and media field.

You'll predominantly be working online to complete this course, with two residential sessions per year allowing you to meet other doctoral students in your cohort and share your ideas.

Key information

Next start date:

October 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher and at least ten years of continuous experience in an educational context, or a Master's degree and a least three years of continuous experience in an educational context. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Academic support

During your course you'll undertake two residential sessions a year, usually in May and October, which are held at our Faculty of Media & Communication on our Talbot Campus and give you the opportunity to interact with other students in your cohort and participate in workshops.

Throughout this residential programme, you'll explore methodological issues, philosophical underpinnings of research, and will have the chance to enhance your skills in areas that are not necessarily discipline specific. You'll also be able to interact with researchers from our other faculties, and listen to invited speakers from other institutions, all of which will enhance your own knowledge, skills and perspectives.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for Doctor of Education Creative and Media

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Full entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have one of the following:

  • A Master's level degree in a media or creative-related subject, and at least three years of continuous experience in an educational context, preferably at a senior level.
  • A Bachelors degree at Upper Second Class (2:1) or higher in a related subject and at least ten years of continuous experience in an educational context, preferably at a senior level.

Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements, such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject.

Entry requirements may vary so it is important to discuss your application in principle before submitting a formal application.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally: 

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Selection criteria

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their application form, proposal and a telephone/Skype interview.

In the proposal we are looking for evidence that you have ideas with the potential for Doctoral-level research. This means that you should demonstrate the potential to design and implement a research project, which will generate new knowledge in your field.

A good proposal will exhibit a familiarity with the relevant literature, show an appreciation of the significance of philosophical and methodological frameworks, and have a clear and realistic plan of action.

How to apply

You can apply for a Professional Doctorate by clicking on the 'Apply now' button and completing the application form. You can find further guidance about applying for a postgraduate research degree in our postgraduate research section.

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