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Structured PhD in Education

This degree is level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) awarded by University of Limerick.
Maximum Places Offered: Not Applicable
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  • Programme Overview

    The Structured PhD in Education is a programme designed in line with best international practice in doctoral education and research and share classes with students from a diverse backgrounds in education and related interdisciplinary fields including sociology, psychology, history, and philosophy.

    Although MIC is currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, applications for Structured PhD in Education are continuing to be administered remotely. Therefore, please proceed with all planned applications as per the usual process.

    Key Features

    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, University of Limerick which will provide you with opportunities for mobility between programmes on both campuses.

    Blended learning through Moodle will be used to support students throughout the programme.

    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 organise your coursework and research activities over the course of your studies.

    Career Opportunities

    There are numerous career opportunities that are available to graduates of the structured PhD in Education. The most common is the access to teach and work in higher education where a PhD is often required as a minimum qualification. Additionally it provides a useful qualification to progress leadership roles within a variety of educational institutions and schools.

    Contact

    Emmanuel O'Grady, Programme Leader

    T: +353 61 204340

    E: Emmanuel.OGrady@mic.ul.ie

    Programme Content

    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 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
    • Complementary Art and Science Research Methods 

    Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will normally hold a Masters degree in Education
    • 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
    • Click here for English language requirements.
    • More information on Applying for a Research Programme at MIC here.

    How to Apply

    Although MIC is currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, applications for Structured PhD in Education are continuing to be administered remotely. Therefore, please proceed with all planned applications as per the usual process.

    EU Applicant

    Before going any further, please read this information about Applying for a Research Programme at MIC here. However, please inform the programme leader before approaching a supervisor as they will facilitate this process for you.

    • After you have read How to Apply for a Research Postgraduate programme at MIC here, download and complete the application form here. For applications in Irish, download and complete the application form here.
    • The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required.
    • Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex hereand return the application form by email to: RGSO@mic.ul.ie.

    Non-EU Applicants

    For advice on visas and the practicalities of living in Ireland, please contact the International office at international@mic.ul.ie 

    • Entry requirements and the application process may vary according to country of origin. Check your country here.
    • After you have read How to Apply for a Research Postgraduate programme at MIC here, download and complete the application form here. For applications in Irish, download and complete the application form here.
    • However, please inform the programme leader before approaching a supervisor as they will facilitate this process for you.
    • The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required.
    • Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using TransferMate here and return the application form by email to: rgso@mic.ul.ie

    EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

    The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for EU fees, for example. 

    Click here for more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status. 

    Fees

    For information on Postgraduate Fees please click here.

    US Students please note that you can apply for Federal Aid. Click here for more information.

    Contact
    Programme Leader
    Dr Emmanuel O'Grady
    +353 61 204340

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  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question