Education - Structured PhD

The Structured PhD in Education is a programme designed in line with best international practice in doctoral education and research and share classes with students from a diverse backgrounds in education and related interdisciplinary fields including sociology, psychology, history, and philosophy.

A team of renowned academics will deliver innovative master classes and international schools. You will enjoy excellent facilities and have an opportunity to avail of very attractive funding schemes. The Structured PhD programme from Mary Immaculate College has a collaborative link with the Structured PhD programme in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick which will provide you with opportunities for mobility between programmes on both campuses.

Blended learning through Moodle will be used to support students throughout the programme.

Students are allocated supervisors and work with a supervisory panel. There is periodic assessment and guidance to ensure you complete your PhD within a four year period. Guided by Professional Development Planning, you can organise your coursework and research activities over the course of your studies.

Subjects taught

A balance between taught and research components is a hallmark of the programme. You will be guided through a set of core and optional modules and design, conduct and write an original and rigorous research thesis.

Examples of core modules include:
•Epistemological and Ontological Foundations of Education
•Paradigms, Policies and Practices
•Principles and Practices of Research Design in Education
•Critical and Interpretive Research in Educational Settings
•Complementary Art and Science Research Methods

Examples of optional modules include:
•Teaching for Social Justice and Inclusion
•Spirituality and the Religious Education of the Child
•Perspectives on Musical Meaning and Value
•Essential Elements of Children's Literature
•Educational Psychology and Lifelong Learning

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a Masters degree in Education

Evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experience that will satisfy Graduate Studies in Education of your suitability for doctoral studies

Letters of reference from two academic referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation

Click here for English language requirements.
More information on Applying for a Research Programme at MIC here.

Application dates

Although MIC is currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, applications for Structured PhD in Education are continuing to be administered remotely. Therefore, please proceed with all planned applications as per the usual process.

Before going any further, please read this information about Applying for a Research Programme at MIC at

Download and complete the application form.

The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.

In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.

Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex, and return the application form by email to:


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Career Opportunities
There are numerous career opportunities that are available to graduates of the structured PhD in Education. The most common is the access to teach and work in higher education where a PhD is often required as a minimum qualification. Additionally it provides a useful qualification to progress leadership roles within a variety of educational institutions and schools.

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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