(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. 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
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
29th May, 2015