Each of the six modules, a thesis proposal, and the final thesis are assessed.
Compulsory core modules
Assessment for each core module involves researching and writing a publishable paper for an academic journal (7,000 words).
- EDS851: Understanding Social Justice Internationally: Issues, Theories and Approaches
- EDS852: Promoting Social Justice through Education
- EDS853: Evaluating the Implementation of Social Justice Programmes
Compulsory support modules in Part One
Assessment involves a number of short assignments (5-6,000 words in total, for each module).
Conversion process to Part Two
Assessment of a Thesis Proposal (the confirmation document)
Towards the end of Part One, students must produce a PhD confirmation document containing a research plan for the PhD thesis (3-5,000 words).
Compulsory support module in Part Two
EDS856: Writing and Defending the Thesis (5-6,000 words in total)
Assessment of the Thesis
The thesis is approximately 45,000 words and is assessed in the same way and against the same criteria as other Lancaster University PhDs. There will be a viva voce (conducted via video conference where preferred). External and internal examiners will be appointed to examine each student's thesis.
Whilst this programme is undertaken entirely online, the Certificate produced on successful completion of the course will say "Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Social Justice", with no mention of the mode of delivery.