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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. (www.tcd.ie/education )

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 research.admissions@tcd.ie

March 2018 Entry

September 2018 Entry

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