New Structured PhD (Education)

The Structured PhD programme is a four-year structured programme which involves coursework in research methods, core and optional discipline-specific courses and generic skills and training. Modules are delivered during the week and weekends. Students are allocated supervisors and work with a supervisory panel. There is periodic assessment and guidance to ensure you complete your PhD within a four year period. Guided by Professional Development Planning, you can organize your coursework and research activities over the course of your studies.

How will I benefit from the programme?

You will join a programme designed in line with best international practice in doctoral education and research and share classes with students from diverse backgrounds in education and related inter-disciplinary fields including sociology, psychology, history, and philosophy. A team of renowned academics will deliver innovative master classes and international schools. You will enjoy excellent facilities and have an opportunity to avail of very attractive funding schemes. The Structured PhD programme from Mary Immaculate College has a collaborative link with the Structured PhD programme in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, the University of Limerick which will provide you with opportunities for mobility between programmes on both campuses.

What is the programme about?

A balance between taught and research components is a hallmark of the programme. You will be guided through a set of core and optional modules and design, conduct and write an original and rigorous research thesis. Examples of core modules include Epistemological and Ontological Foundations of Education: Paradigms, Policies and Practices, Principles and Practices of Research Design in Education, Critical and Interpretive Research in Educational Settings, and Complementary Art and Science Research Methods. Examples of optional modules include TeacTeaching Social Justice and Inclusion, Spirituality and the Religious Education of the Child, Perspectives on Musical Meaning and Value, Essential Elements of Children’s Literature, and Educational Psychology and Lifelong Learning.

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum entry requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants will normally hold a Masters degree in Education, or a minimum of 2.1 Honours degree in Education, a higher diploma or a graduate diploma in Education, or a cognate discipline
  • Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree, a higher diploma, or a graduate diploma in education or a cognate discipline will be considered but will be required to undertake MR5000
  • Applicants with a degree, a higher diploma, or a graduate diploma in Education or a cognate discipline with an award lower than 2.2 can be considered if they have a minimum of 4 years’ professional experience. They will be required to undertake MR5000
  • Applicants with no degree, a higher diploma, or a graduate diploma in education or a cognate discipline but who have substantial relevant prior experiential learning may be considered but will be required to complete MQ5000 (up to 6 modules). Success in these modules will be a pre
  • -requisite for entry to the programme. Individual cases will be considered in light of the UL policy on Accredited Prior Learning
  • Evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experience that will satisfy Graduate Studies in Education of your suitability for doctoral studies
  • Letters of reference from two academic referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity, and motivation

What is the application deadline?

30 May 2013

When does the next programme begin?

September 2013

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated March 8, 2019
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4 years
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