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Professional Doctorate in Education (D.Ed.)


Course Description

The Doctor in Education is a taught programme that comprises of eight structured modules and a substantial research thesis component. The D.Ed. is aimed at educational and related professionals who wish to study at a doctoral level. The intention is to prepare professionals to meet the challenge of working in a changing educational landscape at various levels (classroom based, management and leadership, policy making) and across different sectors. The programme will enable students to develop firstly their critical understanding of a range of contemporary issues and secondly, their capabilities in undertaking research. More specifically the D.Ed. aims to

Enhance and deepen professional knowledge and understanding of domain specific educational issues;
Develop expertise in and a critical understanding of, the nature, design and undertaking of empirical and nonempirical research;
Produce an original study that demonstrates the ability to conceptualise, design and undertake educational research;
Enable students to work autonomously as well as collaboratively in professional or equivalent environments and;
Make an original contribution to knowledge.
The majority of modules will be presented during the first three years of the programme - three of which are devoted to critically exploring a range of cognate contemporary issues in education from a multidisciplinary perspective within Irish, European and global contexts. A further three modules are dedicated to research methodology, with an additional two advanced modules offered in the fourth year of the programme. Assessment for six of the eight modules is through individual written assignments of between 5,000-5,500 words each. The thesis (which will not be more than 80,000 words in length), will act as the focal point of the programme and can be seen as a development of a student’s critical understanding of the taught modules and an opportunity to explore in substantial depth an area of their own practice. Teaching will mainly be seminar based and will usually take place at weekends and early evenings.

Entry to the programme will be restricted to students who have already completed or are about to complete a masters level qualification. Serious and equal consideration will be given to those applicants who may not hold a master level qualification, but nonetheless demonstrate through other means the potential to undertake doctoral level study. It is also a requirement that applicants have at least a minimum of three years of experience in an educational or related field.

Entry Requirements

Masters (or equivalent) and relevant professional experience

Course Fees

EU Years 1-3 €6,180, Years 4-5 €5,535 / non-EU Years 1-3 €7,920, Years 4-5 €11,820


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