Arts Education & Movement - Research

The School is concerned with the spectrum of educational practices from early childhood through primary and post-primary contexts, as well as education beyond compulsory schooling.

Scholarship within the School of Arts Education and Movement addresses the unique knowledge found in experiences that are aural, visual, kinaesthetic, somatic and embodied within education contexts, and considers them from multidimensional perspectives, including and not limited to, curricular, pedagogical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, critical, historical and political perspectives.

Programmes offered by the School of Arts Education include undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Certificate, Diploma, Masters and Doctoral Level that forge connections within physical education and within each arts area, as well as across the broad field of education theory, research and practice.

Teaching and learning methods emphasise experiential learning, collaborative and inclusive practice, and innovative use of digital technology and online learning.

The team of teacher educators in the School of Arts Education and Movement are committed to the empowerment of the next generation of teachers as dynamic, ethical leaders in arts education and physical education who will make a significant and unique contribution to the holistic learning of children and young people.

Entry requirements

To register for a Postgraduate Research programme, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Lower Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic.

PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master's degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area.

PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master's degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations, before being admitted to the PhD register.

Master's by Research: Candidates holding a primary degree equivalent to a second-class honours, grade two, may apply for entry on the research Master's register. Students on the Master's register may apply for transfer to the PhD Register under the same conditions, and using the same procedure, as PhD-track candidates requesting confirmation on the PhD register.

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Applicants are assessed and ranked based on their performance at university, and the details provided on their application. Candidates may be called for interview and/or assessed on the basis of written work/proposed area of research.

Application dates

How to Make an Application

To make an application, please use the application portal. Before making an application, please ensure you have all appropriate entry requirements and provide all supporting documentation.

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Important Note:

Before making a research application, the applicant must consult and seek approval from the School regarding the proposed programme of study. Additional information for research applicants is also available on the DCU Graduate Studies page.

Closing Dates

There are no closing dates for the majority of Postgraduate Research applicants (although this may be subject to change). Deadlines can apply for professional doctorate programmes, e.g. Doctor of Psychotherapy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Elite Performance (Sport).

See the relevant Research section on School pages for more information.

Outcome of an Application

Candidates who submit a valid application for DCU will be notified of the outcome of their application by email. As such, it is important to ensure that your address for correspondence is accurate and current. Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for your application to be processed.


DCE10 PhD Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE11 PhD Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE12 MA Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE13 MA Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE14 PhD-track Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE15 PhD-track Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE55 MSc Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE56 MSc Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE57 MEd Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE58 MEd Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)


School of Arts Education & Movement

Research Area

Creativity Kevin
Digital Learning
Drama Education
Drama in special education contexts
Embodied Teaching & Learning
Fundamental movement skills (FMS)
Health & Well-being
Initial Teacher Education
Learning Communities
Mentoring student teachers
Music Education
Pedagogy and Curriculum
Physical Education
Primary teacher as Artist
Reflective Practice
School Placement
Somatic Movement
Teacher Education/Professional Development
Teacher identity
Virtual Orality
Visual Arts Education

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PhD / MA / MSc /MEd

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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    Course provider