Professional Doctorate of Education 2023-24

Academic Regulations: Faculty of Social Sciences

SchoolSouthampton Education School
Final AwardProfessional Doctorate of Education (EdD)
With exit awards of:
Postgraduate Certificate in Education Studies (PCES) Education Research
Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Education Research
MSc Education Research
MPhil (Research Methodology)
Programme(s)Professional Doctor of Education (EdD) (final intake 2015/16)
Last modifiedApril 2023

The Academic Regulations apply to and regulate the programme(s) listed above.

On occasion, programmes can be exempted from one or more of the clauses in the Regulations; one or more of the clauses can be varied; and programmes can impose additional requirements.

  • Exemptions are characterised by the omission of the relevant clause.
  • Variations are characterised by the replacement of the clause with alternative wording.
  • Additions are characterised by requirements in addition to those detailed in the Academic regulations.

The programmes listed have approval from the Academic Quality and Standards Committee for the exemptions and/or variations and/or additions to the regulations noted below.


The clause(s) listed below describe where an exemption to the Regulations exists:

None apply


The clause(s) listed below describe where a variation to the Regulations exists:

Existing University regulation (including link)Approved Variation

3.1 Where a numerical mark is awarded, the Module Pass Mark for students on postgraduate master’s programmes is 50.  Some Modules are marked only as Pass or Fail. 

4.1 A Pass by Compensation may be given in a non-core Module when a student has: 

(i) achieved or exceeded the Average Mark of 50 for the taught part of the programme; and 

(ii) achieved the Qualifying Mark in the non-Core Module. 

To be able to progress onto the research phase, students will be required to achieve 60 or higher in at least six of the modules and not less than 50 in the remainder (60 ECTS/120 CATS). 

Additional Requirements

The clause(s) listed below are in addition to the Regulations:

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

These regulations should be read in conjunction with the programme specification.


As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, these regulations may be revised during a student’s period of registration, however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.