Educational Leadership (Research) Dublin City University


This programme is designed for professionals currently in senior management roles both in public, private and religious sectors seeking to develop their career. Participants of this programme will have the opportunity to demonstrate their intellectual and strategic strengths at the highest level through their individual action research project using the skills they have attained through the taught elements of the programme.

The Professional Doctoral Programme for both the Educational Leadership Stream and the Religious Education Stream is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. It seeks to develop the student's the ability to tread delicately between supporting academic notions of research as a public good in its own right, while being involved in conducting applied workplace research as a private, more personal exercise.

Originality will lie more in the way in which theoretical and conceptual understandings are applied in managerial and organisational contexts than in simple extension of those theories and concepts. In addition to the applied character of the professional doctorate thesis, it is also action-based and transformational in that students will be challenged to change managerial practice, including their own, as well as to understand it.

n essence, the professional doctorate raises the principle of work-based learning to the upper levels of higher education. Work-based learning has, in this sense, come of age in terms of educational curricula.

This emphasis on applied, work-based, knowledge has been justified as being more relevant to the knowledge economy. At a time when Irish universities are increasingly being perceived by government, industry and other sectors as drivers of economic growth and innovation, the professional doctorate programme aims to produce graduates serving the needs of such a knowledge economy.

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  • Location

    Dublin City University

  • Start date

    September 2017

  • Duration

    4 years

Course details

Assessment method

Research project.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the programme will be the possession of a second class or higher Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline area. In addition candidates must hold or have held a position involving managerial responsibility for at least four years (pre- or post-masters). In exceptional circumstances, the Programme Board shall make appropriate recommendations to Academic Council for candidates who do not fully meet these criteria.

In all cases, such recommendations shall be approved in accordance with the University's APEL guidelines and in line with general University regulations. In order to ensure that both the momentum and profile of the programme are maintained, there will be an intake every two years. Upon application, the candidate will submit a 2,000 word proposal addressing the following issues: A broad outline of the nature of the intended research; a rationale for choosing this area; the nature of the candidate's experience relevant to this research; issues relating to organisational or workplace access for the purpose of conducting the research; how the proposed research might benefit both applicant and participating organisation(s). A formal, developed, research proposal will be submitted at the end of semester three.

Fees and funding

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