The degree of Structured Ph.D in Education is awarded following the successful completion of a programme of advanced education and training, and original research in a chosen area of specialism.
Conducted over a full-time or part-time basis, the course aims to:
Equip students with an appropriate range of research skills required for thematic investigation in their chosen field of enquiry.
Engage students in critical reflection of issues related to theory, policy and praxis at all levels of education.
Prepare leaders at all levels of the education system to engage in challenges that derive from working within an increasingly complex globalised society.
Features of the Structured PhD in Education :
Credit and modular based structure
National and international recognition
Active teaching methodologies
Small group and individual tuition
Structured system of support at School and University wide level
Collegial, dynamic and inclusive learning environmentInternational input to the programme
Membership of broader community of doctoral students in the College of Human Sciences, UCD
The programme is divided into three strands:
1. Advanced research skills development
2. Theory and Praxis in Education Research
3. Original doctoral research activity
The programme is conducted in two stages:
Stage 1: Combined taught and research activity to the value of 120 credits.
Stage 2: Combined taught and research activity to the value of 150 credits that includes substantive original doctoral research.
Course work normally takes place over three periods in each academic year: Halloween; Mid-term February and May.
Taught components aim to enrich students thinking in areas broadly related to their research that normally includes the following: public policy and education; social justice, inclusion and diversity in education; deliberative practice; historical perspectives; curriculum design in higher education, problem based learning, advanced research training and methodologies.
Provides students with a forum to debate and discuss theoretical and methodological issues in the company of staff and fellow doctoral students.
Original doctoral research is conducted under the guidance of an appointed supervisor and an expert doctoral studies panel.
As students in the College of Human Sciences, UCD, all structured PhD students in the School of Education enjoy full access to additional structured support provided by the
Graduate School of Human Sciences including:
access to the full range of modules provided at post-graduate level across the College of Human Sciences
seminars, workshops and conferences geared to the community of doctoral students
The learning outcomes are at level 5 in the university structure.