Course Overview

The Structured PhD in Education is a four-year, full-time programme. 

The credit rating of the dissertation amounts to 290 ECTS within an overall framework of 360 ECTS spread over 4 years. 70 ECTS will be allocated to modules, thus allowing for each student’s course to be tailored to the research needs of her/his dissertation topic and to a menu of available modules. Chosen modules must encompass weightings of 40 ECTS from discipline- or dissertation-specific activities and 30 ECTS weighted courses taken from a menu of transferable/generic skills.

Programmes Available

Structured PhD (full-time, four years)
Structured PhD (full-time, six years)
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates would normally have obtained a qualification in an area related to Education to at least Upper Second Class Honours level (or equivalent international qualification).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Details regarding the School of Education research themes and projects are available here

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

Researcher Profiles

School of Education Research Theme leaders, and their contact details, may be found here.

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Extra Information

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.

Contact Us

Dr. Elaine Keane

Lecturer in Sociology of Education
Director of Doctoral Studies
School of Education
College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies
National University of Ireland, Galway
T: +353 91 493 032