Award Type and NFQ level : PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE (10)

CAO/PAC code : MHA07

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 March 2021

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The Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education (DHAE) brings together practitioners with substantial experience in the design, implementation and delivery in higher and adult education contexts.

The programme supports education practitioners to develop research capacities that critically reflect on their professional practices within an education context which promotes transformation, critical thinking and democracy. Successful applicants will have an interest in exploring innovative and critical education practice, often in challenging learning environments and policy contexts.

In this course, the collective nature of participants’ engagement is a central element. By working together, exchanging ideas and supporting each other, students form learning communities. The course pillars of transformation, democracy and collaboration inform this process and are also central to the research agenda of the doctorate.

DACE has a long track record in supporting postgraduate research programmes:     



Applicants should have:

- successfully completed a Masters programme in adult, community or higher education or an equivalent programme at level 9,

- current and significant experience in teaching in higher or adult education,

- proven ability in academic writing.    

Commences: September 2020

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


Research interests include current educational issues and challenges in higher, further, adult, and community in Ireland and globally. Research topics include critical analysis of the policy and practice-based knowledge and experiences of educators and learners in the adult and higher education sectors in Ireland and internationally. A list of previous research projects by doctoral students in the Department of Adult and Community Education is available at:

This is a 4 year programme, comprising of 8 modules. Workshops are offered one day per week on 12 dates annually during years 1 and 2. Students work independently with their supervisor(s) during the reminder of the programme, meeting on 3-4 occasions annually during the final year and half of the programme.










Course Duration: 4 years

Practitioners in a diverse range of roles in adult and higher education

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the course before applying, please contact the directors, Dr. Bernie Grummell, Dr Fergal Finnegan.

Online application only

PAC code

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

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. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport. 


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