Research course

Adult and Community Education

Maynooth University · Department of Adult and Community Education
PhDMLitt by research

Entry requirements

PhD entry requirements: Primary degree (or equivalent) and a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. Proposal of approximately 5,000 words which needs to be sent to the academic co-ordinator Dr Bríd Connolly and then approved by the Structured PhD Team. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score TOEFL (Paper based test): 585 TOEFL (Internet based test): 95 PTE (Pearson): 62 Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Months of entry


Course content

The overall aim of the Structured PhD Programme is to facilitate the students in making an original contribution to the knowledge base in the field of adult and community education through research. This is part of a University-wide programme, which provides modules that students can undertake in the course of their studies. These are broadly categorised under three headings:

- Subject Specific Skills/Advanced Specialist Modules
- Generic Skills
- Transferable Skills

This programme is designed to facilitate students to complete within a reasonable time. The Structured PhD takes four years full-time or six years part-time to complete.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

Department specialisms

Pure Research The pure research activities of the staff concentrate on areas such as (Adult) Education and Issues of Equality Gender Issues Local (Participatory) Development Mental Health and Well-being Holistic Education Early School Leaving in the context of Community Education Access issues in Higher Education Adult Education Pedagogy

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Adult and Community Education