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School of Education

School Description:

The School has approximately 80 students in research across our structured PhD and D.Ed. programmes. The School plays a leading role in educational research in Ireland and has also developed a strong international profile. Our research covers a wide range of areas including: policy and practice in primary and post-primary education; higher education policy; inclusion in education; STEM, language, arts and music education; technology and innovation in education.
The School has a thriving and vibrant research culture organised around two College research centres and four research groups. The two research centres are:

  • The Cultures, Academic Values in Education (CAVE) research centre focuses on the area of higher education both nationally and internationally.
  • The Centre for Research in Information Technology in Education (CRITE) is a collaborative initiative between the School of Education and the School of Computer Science and Statistics.

The four research groups are:

  • Inclusion in Education and Society (IES) has a high profile in special needs education, psychology of aggression and prejudices and related fields.
  • Research in School Education (RISE) focuses on teaching, learning and assessment in primary and post-primary education, exploring areas such as learning environments, reform of Junior Cycle, and the work of Lev Vygotsky.
  • The Arts Education Research Group (AERG), has a focus on music, drama and arts education.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics: Education, Research and Communication (STEM­_ERC) is developing a research agenda in the area of STEM learning, both formal and informal across all sectors of education.

The School has, for a number of years, been highly active in offering a programme of events ranging from workshops, lunchtime and one-day research seminars to international conferences which, alongside its publications, has helped establish the School as the leading centre for educational research in Ireland.

Scholarships are available – please visit our website for more information. ( )

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing

March 2018 Entry

September 2018 Entry

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