The research of the School strongly reflects its academic origins in the disciplines of sociology, psychology, philosophy, and history of education, and these along with newer, inter-disciplinary areas (e.g. curriculum, teaching, childhood, and sports studies) serve to enrich theorising and ground the foci of research projects. Collectively, the research of the School can be captured under the following:
- Pedagogy, Learning and Curriculum (encompassing elements such as learning cultures, literacies, numeracies, assessment, subject pedagogies, the Arts in Education, digital education, policy implementation and resistance)
- Teacher Education and Professional Learning (encompassing elements such as teacher identity formation, policy, reflective practice, School-University mentoring/partnership)
- Schooling, Inclusion and Changing Childhoods (encompassing elements such as globalised and digital childhoods, school and societal belonging and exclusion, diversity and identity; school cultures and whole school learning)
While these overarching themes represent the research conducted in the School, academics also work on topics of individual interest, and the work of several staff members locates in more than one of the specified areas.
The Cohort PhD in Education is a full-time cohort-based programme which runs for 48 months from the date of first registration for the programme. We currently have twenty students registered in Year 3 of the Cohort PhD. The programme involves undertaking four modules spread over three years (2 modules in year 1; 1 in year 2 and 1 in year 3) as well as substantial supervised thesis research for the duration of the degree. The seminar-based modules involve reading, writing, discussion and assignments. They are structured to enable participants develop a deep understanding of research methods linked to contemporary issues in education. Modules run on Saturdays each year over the course of the PhD (9 Saturdays in first year, 6 Saturdays in second year and 3 Saturdays in third year). There is also a one-week summer school at the end of years 1 and 3.
Prospective applicants can contact the School of Education to discuss programme details at either of the following e-mail address: Anita Cronin firstname.lastname@example.org or Claire Dooley email@example.com: Tel: 353 (0)21 - 490 2467.
Applications may be made online through UCC's application system.
Course Code: CKH78
If you are interested in undertaking a Structured PhD as part of the School of Education in UCC, the first step is to consult with the Head of School or potential supervisor to discuss your proposed area of research. The second step is to submit your application through UCC's application system. Your application should include a 1,000-word research proposal, ideally written in consultation with your proposed supervisor. If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit evidence of meeting the English language requirements.
Applications for Structured PhD courses are accepted throughout the year. Prospective students are advised to complete their applications at least two months in advance of their desired start date as all applications go through different stages of approval - Department, School and College. The four start dates during the year are January, April, July and October.
The Structured PhD at UCC normally lasts for three or four years with students taking a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 credits of taught postgraduate training modules during that time.
To be eligible to apply for a PhD, you must have an Honours degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade I in an approved primary degree. Applicants with a relevant Masters degree (of any grade) are also eligible to apply. For further details on the application procedure at UCC see the UCC Apply page.
The School of Education Research Ethics Committee functions as a subcommittee of the Research and Innovation Committee. Its intention is to guide and, where necessary, regulate the scholarly activities of students at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels within the School of Education, UCC. It also aims to promote a stronger appreciation of ethical considerations in research within our programmes and when supervising postgraduate students (Masters by Research and Ph.D.).
|Committee membership as follows:
|Máire Ní Ríordáin (Chair)
|Dr Mark Prendergast