Policy & Professional Pratice - Research

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. See http://www.dcu.ie/registry/postgraduate/faq.shtml#q3

•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.

English Language Requirements can be reviewed at https://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml


DCE34 PhD Policy & Professional Practice (Full-Time)
DCE35 PhD Policy & Professional Practice (Part-Time)
DCE36 MA Policy & Professional Practice (Full-Time)
DCE37 MA Policy & Professional Practice (Part-Time)
DCE38 PhD-track Policy & Professional Practice (Full-Time) DCE39 PhD-track Policy & Professional Practice (Part-Time)
DCE65 MEd Policy & Professional Practice (Full-Time)
DCE66 MEd Policy & Professional Practice (Part-Time)


Research Interests and Expertise

Research Area

Adult, Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning
Citizenship Education
Communities of Practice
Digital Learning
Education Policy
Further Education & Training
Gender in Education
Higher Education Policy
History of Education
Initial Teacher Education
Intercultural Education
Intergenerational Learning/Education
Parents in Education
Pedagogy and Curriculum
Policy in Further Education and Training
Reflective Practice
Research Methodolgoy
Teacher Education / Professional Development
Vocational & Skills education and Training

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  • Qualification letters

    PhD / MA / MEd

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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