Top
City scape

Education - PhD through Education - Research

The School of Education has a broad research remit in art, design and visual education including all levels of educational provision and is especially interested in encouraging innovative research approaches.

While the PhD through Education is normally by written thesis, the School considers applications which employ alternative media. Contacting the College in advance of submitting a proposal allows discussion of research themes with staff. Current Education PhD research interests include:

•Visual Art Education in the Primary School Curriculum
•Assessment in Art at Leaving Certificate level
•Art and Design in National Curriculum Policy
•Evental education and art practice
•Culture, Collectivity and Globalisation: performing community in the arts.

PhD study normally requires a minimum of three years full-time study (but may require longer, given the high level of achievement required). The PhD thesis is typically 80,000 to 100,000 words in length.

The PhD programme at NCAD is a structured programme involving significant interdisciplinary and discipline specific input in the early stages of the research project, and active engagement with a community of researchers within and beyond NCAD.

The NCAD's training, supervision and support processes for PhD candidates include:

•Regular, dynamic student-led interdisciplinary PhD research seminars

•Access to international PhD networks and exchange programmes

•Supervised access to internal and external experts in the relevant field

•Annual national PhD conferences in art and design

•Public symposia and conferences in PhD research areas

•Cross-institutional collaboration involving multidisciplinary research teams

•Training in appropriate research methods.

Entry requirements

Educational Standard

A candidate seeking admission to a course of study and research leading to a PhD must fulfil one of the following criteria:

a) A minimum of an upper second class degree or equivalent in a relevant honours Bachelor's degree. The College will consider applications from holders of diplomas in art or design (minimum level upper second Class Honours or equivalent).

b) A relevant master's degree; or

c) The candidate has demonstrated other evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experience

Those applying on the basis of a) or c) above may be required to pass a qualifying examination appropriate to each case, before being admitted to doctoral degree studies. Participation in selected courses at NCAD, together with related written work, may be required.

Application date

Priority Deadline

The proprity deadline for receipt of applications to all postgraduate programmes is Friday 28th February 2020.

Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship must submit their application by the priority deadline. International applicants are also encouraged to submit their applications by this date.

After 28th February, NCAD will operate a rolling closing date for postgraduate applications for 2020 - 21. Applications will be reviewed on receipt, and offers will be sent also on a rolling basis. Applications will continue to be accepted until a programme is full. Applications will remain open only if a programme has open places remaining, so please plan to submit your application as soon as possible.

Please contact the Admissions Office for further information admissions@ncad.ie

All PhDs must be applied for using our ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!