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Child and Youth Research (Structured PhD)
(Structured PhD) Child and Youth Research
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Psychology & UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre
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
- 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
Closing date for 2017 entry is 5pm on Wednesday 17th May.
Applications must include the following:
- A personal statement (300 words)
- A curriculum vitae
- Two letters of reference from academic referees. Referees are asked to place their reference into a sealed envelope and to sign the seal of the envelope.
- A research proposal (1000 words)
- All candidates must identify what staff member(s) they have consulted (if any) during the development of their proposal. Candidates are encouraged to consult with a potential supervisor before applying.
The research proposal (1000 words) should outline:
- A title/topic
- Background / literature review
- Please draw on relevant literature, identify gaps in the literature and identify the novel contribution of the proposed research
- What is the issue you want to address?
- Identify your research question & ensure you have given a rationale for this research
- How do you intend investigating the proposed area of research?
- Possible issues to consider include proposed design, participant details, procedure for data collection, data analysis, ethical issues.
Before preparing your proposal, applicants are required to make contact with potential supervisors and consult the research topics or themes in which supervision may be available. See link below. You are encouraged to develop a proposal in one of these areas.
The proposal plays an important role in the assessment process, as it provides the panel with information on the candidate’s research knowledge and suitability. However, depending on the number of applicants and supervision capacity, the proposal may not necessarily be the topic of your thesis.
An offer of a place on the programme is contingent on the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Please consult Supervisor Availability for 2017 intake.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Proposed interview dates are June 14th and 15th, 2017.
Structured PhD (Child and Youth Research), part-time: GYG42
Areas of interest
- The Social World of the Child
- Research Ethics and Pragmatics
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Global Policy and Research
- Youth and Society
- Dr John Canavan, UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre (CFRC) at the School of Political Science and Sociology)
- Dr Caroline Heary School of Psychology
- Dr Allyn Fives, UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre (CFRC) at the School of Political Science and Sociology
- Dr Padraig MacNeela, School of Psychology
- Ms Nuala Donohue, School of Psychology & the School of Political Science and Sociology
General Programme Queries:
Dee Quinn- email: Dee.Quinn@nuigalway.ie
The programme prepares students for careers on developing policy and research in the child and youth area. Graduates have gained employments as postdoctoral researchers, academic co-ordinators in the third level sector and employment in research and consultancy organisations.
Who’s suited to this course
Graduate Profile- Sheila Garrity, PhD, Academic Coordinator, BA Early Childhood Studies and Practice
"One aspect of this programme that stood out for me was the diversity of the programme. The range of expertise from the academics, visiting speakers as well as the diversity of backgrounds and experiences in the student group truly added to my experience of doctoral studies. The regular group meetings contributed to a very supportive atmosphere among the students, which I particularly valued. Obtaining a doctoral degree was crucial to my career pathway. I am currently employed at a university, coordinating a BA degree and participating in current research"
Previous International Visiting Speakers included the following:
- Dr. Elizabeth Skowron, Visiting Fullbright Scholar, School of Psychology, NUI Galway & Associate Professor Counseling Psychology, Penn State University (May, 2010). Lecture: ‘Enhancing the development of emotion regulation in early childhood’
- Prof. Richard Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and the Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University (2011)
- Workshop: Studying Youth Development: Methodological Issues and Options
- Workshop: The Positive Youth Development Perspective: Implications for Programmes & Policies
- Public lecture: 'The Positive Youth Development Perspective: Implications for Programmes & Policies'.
- Prof. Jennifer Greene, University of Illinois (2012).
- Workshop with students on ‘Policy-Relevant Qualitative and Democratic Evaluation’
- Workshop with students ‘A Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluation and Social Research’
- Public Lecture ‘Evaluation for the Public Good’
- Dr. Barbara Dooley & Dr. Amanda Fitzgerald, School of Psychology, University College Dublin (Dec. 2013).
- Public lecture: ‘What we have learnt from the My World Survey on Youth Mental Health’
- Workshop: Methodology – My World Survey: What helps - What hurts’
- Dr. Richard de Visser, School of Psychology, University of Sussex (2015)
- ‘Developing and Evaluating Video Resources for Schools-Based Alcohol Education’
- Dr. Tally Moses, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015) Carrying out qualitative research with vulnerable youth.
- Prof. David Archard, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University, Belfast, (2016)
- Respecting Age: Discriminating against the young and the old
PhD (full-time) GYG00
PhD (part-time) GYG42
Fees for this course
EU: €4,275 p.a. 2016/17
Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2016/17
Full time EU Fee €4,275 p.a.
Part time EU Fee €2,250 p.a.
What Our Students Say
Dr. Lisa Ann Kennedy | Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland
Taking part in the Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research was an invaluable experience. The course afforded me the opportunity to meet a range of world-class experts, to partake in workshops headed by leaders in the field of youth research, and to connect with other early-career researchers with similar interests. I found the dedicated core staff to be approachable and helpful. Being part of this course was challenging, rewarding and enriching. I gained a range of specific and transferable skills which has led to me embarking on an exciting career path that I had not considered prior to commencing the course.