Inclusive & Special Education - Research

Research Overview

The Staff of the School of Inclusive and Special Education are engaged in a wide range of research projects on issues relating to varied aspects of inclusive education and special needs education, spanning for example, pedagogy, policy, practice, curriculum, assessment, transition, collaboration, leadership, teacher education, continuing professional development, life histories, student experience, and partnerships. Research projects vary in focus from individual, group, classroom, school, community and systemic levels, with some involving national and international collaboration, and some being supported by the CREATE21 platform within the IoE. Research undertaken by the school contributes to the dynamic growth of theory and practice in the fields of inclusive education and special needs education while commissioned projects contribute to policy developments in the Irish context.

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

Research Interests and Expertise

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Communities of Practice
Deaf and Visually Impaired Education
Education Disadvantage / Equality
Education Policy
Inititial Teacher Education
Learning Disabilities
Mathematics for Students with SEN
Moderate General Learning Disabilities
Pedagogy and Curriculum
Physical Difficulties
Social and Emotional Learning
Special Education
Student Rights
Teacher Education / Professional Development

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.


DCE16 PhD School of Inclusive Education (Full-Time)
DCE17 PhD School of Inclusive Education (Part-Time)
DCE18 MA School of Inclusive Education (Full-Time)
DCE19 MA School of Inclusive Education (Part-Time)
DCE20 PhD-track School of Inclusive Education (Full-Time)
DCE21 PhD-track School of Inclusive Education (Part-Time)
DCE59 MEd School of Inclusive Education (Full-Time)
DCE60 MEd School of Inclusive Education (Part-Time)

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