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Education - Structured PhD - Research

The doctoral programme consists of a research thesis and taught modules and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. It is linked to education and related to interdisciplinary areas, and is a specialist doctorate with a student-centred approach. There is also an optional set of 2 modules which can be taken within UL or at the neighbouring institution, Mary Immaculate College.


The course aims to:

Engage students with a range of concepts, methods, theories and knowledge for investigation in their chosen area of study

Enable students to work iwth a range of educational problems across a variety of contexts,

Provide students the opportunity to look critically at some aspect or issue of education which relates to their professional practice.

Encourage the ciritcal inquiry of issues across and within professional systems.

The credit accumulation for the programme is based on the following:

• Structured Element: 66 Credits
• General Skills - Graduate School: 12 Credits
• Thesis: 270 Credits
• Total: 348 Credits
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Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for eligibility are as follows:

applicants will normally have a minimum of 3 years' full-time professional practice or equivalent in an educational setting or related interdisciplinary area.

applicants will normally hold a Masters degress or a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, a higher diploma, or a postgrduate diploma in education or a cognate discipline.

Applicants who hold a 2:2 Honours degress, a higher diploma, a postgraduate diploma in education or a cognate discipline, or other qualifications my be considered under the University regulations.


4 years full-time
5 years part-time

Further enquiries

Structured Phd in Education
Department of Education and Professional Studies

Subjects taught

Foundations of Social Scientific and Education Research and Practice: Epistemology and Ontology (2 modules)

•Advanced Research Methodsy (3 modules)
•Policy Studies
•Professional Portfolio and Professional Practice with placement component
•International Winter School/Master Classes including international speakers

Optional Modules

•Critical Media Literacy
•Diversity in Educational Contexts
•Leadership & Professional Practice
•Desciptive and Inferential Statistics in Educational Research
•Deconstructing and REconstructing Childhood Pedagogy / Developing Criticality and Reflexivity
•Social and Emotional Development of the Child

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