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Education - Research

Course overview
The School of Education is highly active in educational research and development, with several students enrolled in doctoral and masters degrees by research. The School has several research projects funded nationally and internationally, addressing key contemporary concerns and issues in education. The School's areas of research expertise include: adapted and special educational needs; bullying in schools; access, diversity and civic engagement in second and third-level education; gender issues in education; science education and public engagement in science; assessment policy and practice; educational technology (learning sciences); an multilingual education and literacy.

The salient characteristics of current research in the School of Education are its multi-disciplinary nature, links to other units within the University&emdashincluding the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI)—and a commitment to supporting practitioner research through school and community links.

Entry requirements

Entrants will be expected to have no less than an upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in education or a cognate discipline. If students do not have this qualification they must have demonstrated high ability by some other means (e.g., through publications, achievement in a postgraduate diploma or higher degree and/or professional experience).


GYB08 PhD full Time
GYB09 PhD Part Time
GYB10 MLitt Full Time
GYB11 MLitt Part Time

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Research areas

Areas of interest
• Inclusion, Diversity and Civic Engagement
• Educational Innovation and Creativity
• Mentoring and Leadership
• Educational Policy and Practice

Staff are engaged in research across these four main themes, and in specific areas as follows:
• Special educational needs;
• Bullying prevention, anti-bullying;
• Access, diversity and civic engagement in second and third-level education;
• Gender issues and masculinities research in education;
• Science education and public engagement in science;
• Mathematics education;
• Assessment policy and practice;
• Educational innovation and technology (learning sciences);
• Literacy and multilingual education; and
• CLIL: content and language integrated learning

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