(Structured PhD) Child and Youth Research
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Psychology
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.
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.
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.
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Quantitative Research MEthods
- The Social World of the Child, Theory and Research
- Research Ethics and Pragmatics
- Youth and Society
- Glocal Policy and Research for Children
A wide range of topics are covered including:
- Children’s rights
- Child protection
- Working with Commissioners
- Randomised controlled trials in applied social settings
- Ecology of child development (family, peers, culture)
- Early years provision
- Spaces and places of childhood
Structured PhD (Child and Youth Research), full-time
Structured PhD (Child and Youth Research), part-time
Areas of interest
PhD Supervisor: Dr Padraig MacNeela
PhD Title: A Mixed Methods Exploration of the Intersection of Alcohol Use, Sexual Behaviour and Gender in Emerging Adulthood.
PhD Supervisor: Dr. Brian McGrath (NUIG)
PhD Title: Transitions to Adulthood: Farm Youth and the Future
Ronan Conway (Graduated 2014)
PhD Supervisors: Dr Caroline Heary (NUIG) & Dr Michael Hogan (NUIG)
PhD Topic: Adolescent Self-Regulatory and Psychosocial Capacities: A 12-month longitudinal study of the impact on positive youth development and risky-behaviours.
PhD Supervisor: Dr Padraig MacNeela
PhD Topic: An exploration of into how the current economic recession is affecting the adult development of young Irish males experiencing different socioeconomic circumstances.
PhD Supervisor: Dr. John Canavan (NUIG)
PhD Title: Exploratory Study of Relationships between Parents and Providers of Childcare Services in Ireland
PhD Supervisors: Dr. Molly Byrne (NUIG) & Dr. Caroline Heary (NUIG)
PhD Title: An exploration of the factors that influence young people’s attitudes toward Gardai in Ireland. A Mixed Methods study.
PhD Supervisor: Dr Michelle Millar (NUIG)
PhD Title: Life Foundations - An Exploration of School Readiness
PhD Supervisor: Dr. Michelle Millar (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: Connecting with Families: Exploring Teenage Parent Service Users Perceptions of Universal Primary Health Care Child and Family Health Services in the Community Setting
PhD Supervisor: Dr Padraig MacNeela (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: An Exploratory Study of Positive Interventions for Mental Health.
Lisa Ann Kennedy
PhD Supervisor: Dr. Padraig MacNeela (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: Ethnic Identity and Acculturation among Adolescent Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ireland: A Qualitative Exploration
PhD Supervisors: Prof. Pat Dolan (NUI Galway) & Dr. Anne Byrne (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: Social Construction of Resilience and Civic Participation: Contextual, Historical, Cultural and Generational Attitudes of Slovenian Youth and Adults.
PhD Supervisor: Professor Caroline McGregor (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: How Adults Tell: Messages for Society and Policy Makers in relation to Adult Disclosures of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Claire O’ Driscoll (Graduated 2013)
PhD Supervisors: Dr. Caroline Heary (NUI Galway) & Dr Eilis Hennessy (UCD)
PhD Title: ‘Peer stigmatization of psychological difficulties in childhood and adolescence: An investigation into implicit and explicit public stigma towards peers with ADHD and depression’.
This research is funded by the Health Research Board (HRB)
PhD Supervisors: Dr Bernadine Brady (NUI Galway) and Professor Chris Curtin (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: Hearing Children’s Direct Views about being Consulted During their Parents’ Separation and Divorce Process: the Implications for Children, the Challenges and Opportunities for Parents, Family Support Services and Family Law Services in Ireland.
PhD Supervisor: Dr Cormac Forkan (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: To Examine the Wellbeing of Children Living with Parental Mental Illness in Ireland.
Leonor Rodriguez Estrada
PhD Supervisors: Dr Annmarie Groarke (NUI Galway) and Prof. Pat Dolan (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: The relationship between perceived social support and adolescent adjustment to maternal cancer: a mixed methods approach.
PhD Supervisor: Dr Caroline Heary (NUI Galway)
PhD Title: An Investigation into How Children Discriminate against Peers with Mental Health Problems.
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"
PhD (full-time) GYG00
PhD (part-time) GYG42
Fees for this course
EU: €4,275 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy
Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2014/15
'I am delighted to be enrolled on the Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research. The course has given 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 similiar interests. The dedicated core staff are approachable and helpful. Being a part of this course is a challenge, rewarding and enriching experience'
Lisa Ann Kennedy
1st May, 2015