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PhD in Education

PhD in Education is course run by Hibernia College, Dublin. It is a 'Distance Learning' course with a duration of 4 years part-time. For more information about PhD in Education at Hibernia College, please review the details below.

Through its Hibernia/Plymouth Research Node, the College now offers the opportunity for further academic development by working towards a PhD through either full-time (4 years) or part-time (6 years) research.

Students undertaking a Hibernia College PhD will automatically be part of the Plymouth Institute of Education, with doctorates awarded by Plymouth University, and will be registered with both Plymouth University and Hibernia College.

Hibernia College’s PhD in Education offers full and part-time students the ability to undertake doctoral studies in education, with a particular focus on the following key research areas:

  • The impact of learning technologies on learning experiences and teaching practices
  • Innovation in teaching, learning and assessment
  • Innovation in teacher education
  • Internationalisation of postgraduate programmes in teacher education
  • Bridging the gap between theory and practice in education
  • Reflective practice

PhD candidates are expected to attend regular supervision meetings and to conduct an annual training needs analysis with supervisors. This identifies which training event or research seminars it would be appropriate for them to attend as part of their research training and professional development as researchers.

Both students and their supervisory team will be required to meet four times per year when registered full-time (3 times per year if part-time) as stipulated in the Plymouth University online Student Log.

These sessions will include the assessment of research progress in the preceding 3-4 months and that planned for the subsequent 3-4 months, a review of personal skills development and public outputs of the research programme. The location of these mandatory supervisory sessions will be decided by the supervisory team.

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Training ProviderHibernia College
Course LocationDublin City South, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 2
Course TypeDistance Learning
Course Duration4 years part-time
Course FeePOA
Entry RequirementsThe standard entry requirements are: A masters degree by a UK university or a degree of a non-UK institution deemed to be of equal standing to a UK degree, or A first class or second upper class first bachelor degree award by a UK university or a degree of a non-UK institution deemed to be of equal standing to a UK degree, or A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree, or Other qualifications and experience that have demonstrated that the applicant can meet the challenges and demands of the programme, and Two satisfactory reports from academic referees. Verbal or e-mail references may not be accepted. Applicants to the PhD programme will be interviewed and may also be asked to provide an example of written work.
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