Research course


Maynooth University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

To be eligible a candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the Examination for the Primary Degree (normally an overall 2.1 honours award at bachelors or masters level), or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of Department and Faculty of his/her suitability.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Education is a research degree, aiming to support students in engaging in an educational project of the highest academic standard, aligned with their own research interests. Students work with a lead supervisor and the support of the departmental PhD advisory team, to undertake a major research activity and write a substantial doctoral thesis. This research work is supported by a customised series of taught modules (agreed annually with the department and the supervisor) which is completed with a cohort of fellow PhD students.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here: Fees, funding & scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Department of Education