Institution / Maynooth University
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Education - Higher & Adult Education - Research

The Doctorate (DHAE) will bring together practitioners with substantial experience in design, implementation and delivery in higher and adult education contexts. Successful applicants will have an interest in exploring innovative and critical education practice, often in challenging learning environments and policy contexts.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

- successfully completed a Masters programme in adult, community or higher education or an equivalent programme at level 9,

- current and significant experience in teaching in higher or adult education,

- proven ability in academic writing


MHA07 3.5 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Programme Directors: Bernie Grummell
Tel: + 353-1- 7083761


Adult and Community Education at Maynooth is at the forefront of development in adult educational practices, research, and innovation in Ireland. The Department has influenced policy development on equality of access to education, professionalisation of the sector, lifelong learning, and recognition of prior learning. The Department is recognised as a leader in outreach programmes for third level education.

Application date

Bi-annual application
Application deadline Spring 2018

Research areas

Research Interests
Research interests include current educational issues and challenges in adult, community and higher education in Ireland and globally. Research topics include critical analysis of education policy and practice, the use of participative pedagogical and research methodologies, creative and critical thinking about education. The research draws on the knowledge and experiences of educators and learners in the adult and higher education sectors in Ireland and internationally.

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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