Structured PhD in Learning Sciences

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

Course overview

Information and communications technologies (ICTs) create new potential to enhance learning, education and human development through adaptive, blended and personalised learning environments. Innovations in the last twenty years in computer technology enable us to design educational experiences that are potentially more engaging and effective. NUI Galway’s Structured Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences is the first denominated and structured doctoral programme of its kind in Europe. The aim of the programme is to educate highly-skilled graduates who can draw on a range of research and development skills to conceptualise, design, deploy and evaluate information and communications technologies (ICTs) to enhance learning in different educational contexts and settings. 


Students will be selected by a Course Committee comprising the course Directors, prospective research supervisor and Head of School of Psychology or Education. Entrants will be expected to have no less than an upper second class honours degree in education, psychology or a discipline related to educational technologies (e.g. information technology, computer science, business information systems). If students do not have this basic qualification they must have demonstrated high ability by some other means (e.g. through publications or achievement in a higher degree).

Programmes available

Structured PhD (Learning Sciences), full-time

Entry requirements

Selection will be by a Course Committee comprising the Course Directors, research supervisor and Head of School of Psychology or Education. Entrants will be expected to have no less than an upper Second Class Honours degree in education, psychology or a discipline related to educational technologies (e.g.,computer science). If students do not have this basic qualification they must have demonstrated high ability by some other means (e.g., achievement in a higher degree).

Areas of interest

ICT in education – Web 2.0, adaptive, virtual and blended learning, virtualisation, mobile learning, ubiquitous computing, haptics and embodied technologies

 

Design-based research and educational innovation

 

Philosophy of technology-enhanced learning

 

Digital creativity, digital storytelling and new media

 

Innovative, technology-enhanced contexts for development and learning

 

New technologies in informal and non-formal learning settings

 

Reinforcement and Extinction in digital learning contexts

 

Engagement and learning

 

Dynamic properties of learning in digital contexts

 

Cognitive aspects of learning

 

Design and impact of psychometric assessments in learning

 

Critical thinking and critical thinking technology

 

Systems thinking and systems thinking technology

 

Creativity and mindfulness

 

Problem-focused and solution-focused thinking

 

Cognitive interventions for older adults

Learning and skill development

 

Development of computer-based protocols for training language and cognitive skills

Relational Frame Theory and Behaviour Analysis and their applications in education and psychotherapy

 

Online cognitive testing 

Researcher profiles

Dr. Tony Hall http://www.nuigalway.ie/education/staff/tony_hall/index.html

 

Dr. Denis O’Hora http://www.nuigalway.ie/psychology/d_o_hora_page.htm

 

Dr. Michael Hogan http://www.nuigalway.ie/psychology/m_hogan_page.htm

 

Dr. Mark Elliott http://www.nuigalway.ie/psychology/m_elliott_page.htm

 

Dr. Ian Stewart http://www.nuigalway.ie/psychology/i_stewart_page.htm

Find out more

Tony Hall
E: tony.hall@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

Structured Phd (full-time) GYG33

Important: Apply by mid-July for entry in September

Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €4,275

Non-EU: €13,250

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