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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

Available: Full-time

Level: 10

Duration: 4 years

Location: MIC Limerick

Delivery Mode:



Essay and presentations.

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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 diverse backgrounds in education and related interdisciplinary fields including sociology, psychology, history, and philosophy.

Key Features

A team of renowned academics will deliver innovative masterclasses 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.


Emmanuel O'Grady, Programme Leader

T: +353 61 204340


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.

Example Modules
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 Master's 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

EU Applicant

Please read How to Apply for a Research Programme at MIC here. Please inform the programme leader before approaching a supervisor as they will facilitate this process for you.

Non-EU Applicants

For advice on visas and the practicalities of living in Ireland, please contact the International office at

Entry requirements and the application process may vary according to country of origin. For information that is specific to your home country, click here.

After you have read How to Apply for a Research Postgraduate programme at MIC,

  1. Download and complete the application form here. For applications in Irish, download and complete the application form here.
  2. However, please inform the programme leader before approaching a supervisor as they will facilitate this process for you.
  3. The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
  4. In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required.
  5. Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using TransferMate here and email the completed application form to

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. 


For Postgraduate Fees click here.

US Students please note that you can apply for Federal Aid.

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