Education - Research

The research degrees in Education aim to support students in engaging in an educational project of the highest academic standard, aligned with their own research interests. Students work with a lead supervisor and the support of the departmental PhD/ MLitt advisory team, to undertake a major research activity and write a substantial Doctoral/MLitt thesis.

Entry requirements

Normally candidates must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree (normally an overall 2.1 honours award at bachelors or masters level. Prospective students should make direct contact with research active academics in advance of making a research proposal.


MH02G PhD 4 years Full-time
MH03G PhD 6 years Part-time
MH04G MLitt by Research 2 years Full-time
MH05G MLitt by Research 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Prof Aislinn O'Donnell
Administrator: Marie Hanley & Georgia Sherlock
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3656
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 4610


Maynooth University Department of Education is at the forefront of postgraduate teacher education, leadership, and guidance and counselling in Ireland. We are concerned with the study of education and provide an energetic, dynamic, interdisciplinary research culture. We are engaged in a broad range of educational research. We work to develop and critique the provision of education, and we provide a series of courses aimed at education professionals.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
Our research focuses on the educational experiences of individuals, incorporating all education sectors from early childhood education, through to primary, second level, higher and further education. The Department is a leading centre for education research in Ireland, specialising in innovative and creative learning environments, identity, social inclusion and justice and human development and well-being.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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