Award Type and NFQ level : PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE (10)

CAO/PAC code : MH06G

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 15 March 2019

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The Doctor of Education with Specialism is a four-year part-time programme offered by the Department of Education in Maynooth University. It is designed for those who wish to undertake doctoral studies specifically related to their work in the field of education, in the areas of teacher education and of educational leadership. This programme will appeal to students whose learning is best supported in a group setting.

Years 1 and 2 of the programme  gives students the opportunity to participate in modules in their chosen area of specialism that will assist them in refining their research proposal for their dissertation in years 3 and 4. These modules will also facilitate the development of the cohort’s identity as a class group. The specialism and dissertation topic will strongly correlate with their work as practitioners in the field of education.

Applicants should hold a H2.1 (or higher) Masters Degree in Education or in a cognate discipline. A high level of ability in academic writing will be required, as evidenced by the submission of a sample of recent writing (e.g. chapter of Masters thesis, report, article or 3,000 word essay) as part of the application process.
Applicants who meet the criteria will be invited to attend for interview.
Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test) :95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

International applicants should visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores.
National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

The Education Department supports an energetic, dynamic, interdisciplinary research culture. We have strong and vibrant traditions of teaching and research with particular expertise in the development of innovative pedagogies; the promotion of social justice, equality and inclusion; and in nurturing the developing person by supporting resilience and wellbeing. Our research focuses on the educational experiences of individuals throughout the life-course, incorporating all education sectors from early childhood education, through to primary, second level, higher and further education.

Our researchers draw on a range of research designs and methodologies including action research, narrative inquiry, qualitative and quantitative research, documentary analysis, ethnographic and arts-based approaches.

See our Research and People for more details of our research activities and details of our research strands.


Online application only

PAC Code: MH06G

Students should select the stream they intend to take when applying via PAC, please select either: Educational Leadership or Teacher Education

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

  • Uploaded Documentation: Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
  • Uploaded Documentation: A sample of recent writing that demonstrates your capacity to write in an academic manner, including an ability to organise, analyse and present arguments fluently and lucidly with a high level of critical analysis and with appropriate academic referencing e.g. chapter of Masters thesis, report, article, 3,000 word essay on an educational issue.
  • Supplementary Question on PAC: A short proposal (one-page / 500 words) outlining your proposed research topic. We recognise that your thinking will be tentative at this stage.
  • The names and contact details of two referees.
  • Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process. 

Please note applications for the Ed.D programme will be accepted bi-annually. The next programme will commence in Autumn 2019 and the following intake will be in the academic year 2021

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