Human Development - Research

Entry requirements

To register for a postgraduate research degree, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to 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.

I.PhD applicants should hold a masters degree by research from a recognised university.

II.Applicants who do not hold a postgraduate research qualification e.g. Masters by Research (or equivalent) are only eligible to register on the 'PhD-track register' which is stage 1 of the PhD programme. On successful completion of the transfer process (report and interview within 21 months of their start date) a student on the 'PhD-track register' will be transferred to the 'PhD register' with effect from their original start date in the university. Students who do not successfully complete the transfer may be eligible to graduate with a Masters at this stage.

III.For those interested in applying for a Masters degree by research, an honours primary degree is necessary (preferably at least 2:1) in the discipline in which they intend to undertake the research.

It may also be possible to move from the Masters register to the PhD register on successful completion of a transfer process, as outlined above, if the student made sufficient progress.


DCE22 PhD Human Development (Full-Time)
DCE23 PhD Human Development (Part-Time)
DCE24 MA Human Development (Full-Time)
DCE25 MA Human Development (Part-Time)
DCE26 PhD-track Human Development (Full-Time)
DCE27 PhD-track Human Development (Part-Time)
DCE46 MED Human Development (Part-Time)
DCE61 MEd Human Development (Full-Time)
DCE62 MEd Human Development (Part-Time)

Research areas

The Staff of the School of Human Development are engaged in a broad range of significant theoretical and empirical research projects focused on questions pertaining to human flourishing across the life span and in diverse contexts. Research undertaken by the school has a strong critical and social justice focus and explores particular challenges and obstacles to human development while seeking to inform policy and bring about significant change in educational and socio-cultural contexts. Some commissioned projects are concerned with the latest measures in curriculum reform and young people's wellbeing and in exploring creative and transformative pedagogies. The CREATE21 platform in the IoE supports much of the research undertaken by the school.

The school welcomes research students at Masters, Professional Doctorate and PhD levels.

Research Interests and Expertise

Care and education
Catholic Education
Chaplaincy Studies
Childhood Studies
Children's Rights
Citizenship Education
Climate Change Education
Combatting Prejudice
Education Disadvantage / Equality
Empowering pedagogies
Gender Majella
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Guidance Counselling
Holistic Education
Human Development
Human Rights Education
Intercultural Education
Media Education
Pastoral work
Pedagogy and Curriculum
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
Political Theory
Practical Theology
Relationship and Relationality
Relationships and Sexuality Education
Religious Education
Restorative Practices
Self/ Other
Social Class
Sociological Perspectives
Special Education
Teacher Education / Professional Development
Teaching Difficult Knowledge
Transitions Well-being

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