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Education & Lifelong Learning - Research

The UCD Structured PhD in Education is one of the most challenging, rewarding and exciting graduate programmes in Education today. It has an international reputation, and graduates are currently employed as academics in leading universities, as teachers, as school principals, and as education policy makers and innovators in the public and private sector.

The programme has been carefully tailored to offer students a very high level of support for thesis research, along with some modular teaching in areas relevant to their thesis. A large range of supports are also available within UCD, for all graduate researchers. These include library study pods, laptop computers (on loan), training in many aspects of research and research management, and superb library facilities. UCD also has a state-of-the-art leisure centre with an Olympic swimming pool, a cinema, theatre, and a medical centre.

In addition, our students are supported in writing applications for grants and scholarships, and we have a very high level of success in attracting student awards from the Irish Research Council, and the National University of Ireland. Our students present their research at the All-Ireland doctoral conference, hosted annually by UCD and QUB, and they also present at international conferences. Many of our research students have won places on prestigious graduate summer schools.

Offering the gold standard in graduate education, UCD doctoral degrees are highly regarded all over the world. Places on the Structured PhD in Education are offered following the submission of a PhD proposal and the successful completion of an interview.


W135/W136 PhD Research 3 Years FT / 6 Years PT

Further enquiries

For information please contact:
Structured PhD
Course Administrator
Ms: Sarah Conroy
School of Education
University College Dublin,
Roebuck Offices, Belfield, Dublin 4
T: 00353 (01) 716 7968
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Application date

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Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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