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 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

•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


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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