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(Structured PhD) Child and Youth Research

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

 The PhD in Child and Youth Research is a four year full-time or six year part-time structured PhD programme delivered as part of a collaboration between the School of Psychology and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (CFRC) at the School of Political Science and Sociology.

This interdisciplinary programme responds to an identified need for researchers with the requisite, high-level and wide-ranging experience and skills to undertake the kind of work that is needed in an evidence-informed policy environment.

The programme combines thesis and taught modules. All students must complete a major dissertation (c.80,000 words). The taught modules which are delivered in years one and two provide course participants with the opportunity to widen their knowledge and skill base as well as feeding into the development of their thesis work.

A wide range of topics are covered including:

• Children's rights
• Child protection
• Working with Commissioners
• Randomised controlled trials in applied social settings
• Social context of child development (role of family, peers, culture)
• Pro-social behaviour and risk-taking in young people
• Masculinity and emerging adulthood
• Theories of child development
• Early years provision
• Spaces and places of childhood
• Political Theory, Children, and Young People
• Participatory Research Methods with young people
• Sociological perspectives on childhood

Programme aims

• To prepare programme participants to conduct high quality policy and practice-relevant research and programme evaluation with children and young people
• To develop programme participants' knowledge and skills in key theoretical, methodological, policy and practice areas relating to children
• To provide graduates with the set of generic work-skills to facilitate their successful entry into the full range of employment settings

Programmes Available

Structured PhD (Child and Youth Research), full-time
Structured PhD (Child and Youth Research), part-time
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Entry Requirements

Entrants will be expected to have an upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a social science. If applicants do not have a degree of that kind, they must have demonstrated high ability by some other means (e.g. through publications or achievement in a higher degree). Applications are welcome from individuals with strong policy and practice experience in relation to children and young people. Garda vetting is required for students participating in this programme.

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.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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