School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Doctoral Centre

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The Doctoral Centre

Our Research Student Home

With over 175 full time and part time research students from 25 countries worldwide currently studying within doctoral research programmes, the School provides a rich and vibrant context for those wishing to undertake doctoral level degrees.

The Doctoral Centre provides a world-class student experience with high quality research training across disciplines and methodologies while supporting the work of doctoral students and supervisors. We offer a coherent and stimulating programme of training, research seminars and invited lectures to promote demanding academic engagement.

There are many resources available to research students within the School including:

Our Doctoral Degree Programmes

We offer two main research degree programmes: the PhD (MPhil) and the DChild, EdD and EdD (TESOL) Professional Doctorates.

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The PhD is a useful preparation for a career within academia or consultancy and is open to both full and part time candidates.

Full time students often choose to study for a PhD because they want to pursue in some depth an area of academic interest. Part time study is an exciting option for professionals already working in the education field who want to extend their knowledge on an issue of professional interest often related to their professional responsibilities.

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Professional Doctorates provide an alternative route to a doctorate for mid-career/senior professionals.

You will make an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of your dissertation study. You will have demonstrated a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate the results and their implications.

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Dr Kathryn Higgins

As Director of the Doctoral Centre, Kathryn is working with staff and students to achieve the goals of the school and to create a key location for doctoral student research on the island of Ireland.

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Funding Opportunities

Full-time PhD studentships at the School

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Research Proposal

Our Guide to Writing your Research Proposal

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Research Training

Training events, student-led seminars and more

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