(Structured PhD) Child and Youth Research

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Psychology

Course overview

Course Overview

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.


Course structure

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

Programmes available

Structured PhD (Child and Youth Research), full-time

Structured PhD (Child and Youth Research), part-time

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.

Areas of interest

Child and Youth Research.

Researcher profiles

Researcher Profiles

See http://www.childandfamilyresearch.ie and http://www.nuigalway.ie/psy/research.html for information on research interests of staff.


Find out more

Dr. Caroline Heary | Dr. John Canavan
T +353 91 495 059 | +353 91 495 397
E caroline.heary@nuigalway.ie | john.canavan@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

PhD (full-time) GYG00
PhD (part-time) GYG42

Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €4,275 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Current Students

'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


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Closing date:
29th May, 2015