Cohort PhD in Education (2011-2015) - applications due 1 April 2011

2 Feb 2011

Cohort PhD in Education (2011-2015) - applications due 1 April 2011

The Cohort PhD in Education (Structured) is a four-year doctoral degree aimed at those with an academic background in education (or cognate fields) and education professionals working in the areas of education policy, curriculum and assessment/examinations across different sectors in education (pre-school, primary, post-primary, adult and further education) in a life-long learning context. The PhD in Education provides a structured cohort-based learning environment in which to pursue doctoral study, involving taught modules in years 1, 2 and 3 as well as supervised research on the thesis for the duration of the degree.

Teaching will involve seminar-based discussion, writing and reading along three strands (i) educational inquiry, (ii) research methodologies, and (iii) policy and pedagogy. In addition, considerable use will be made of virtual learning environments to support the face-to-face taught component of the degree in order to promote a vibrant cohort experience. The programme provides participants with the opportunity to acquire competency as researchers, gain a deeper understanding of theoretical and methodological frameworks underpinning educational research and educational policy, and identify the roles of research and evaluation within schools, other educational organisations and society.  There is a particular emphasis in the programme on the conduct of educational research, focusing not just on issues of design and methodology, but also the ideology, politics, epistemology and the ethics of framing, undertaking and communicating research. UCC’s School of Education is committed to a research agenda which influences and shapes educational policy, leadership and professional practice nationally and internationally. Furthermore, the school draws upon and seeks to develop cultural approaches to education in the broadest sense.

Further information on the programme and application details are available at:

School of Education

Scoil an Oideachais

Leeholme, O' Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland