Course Description

Structured PhD / M Ed in Literacy Education



The Structured PhD/M Ed in Literacy Education is a two-year Masters programme or a four-year Doctoral programme which endeavours to promote the development of research, critical thinking and communication skills within the context of the evolving nature of literacy in the twenty first century.

In line with national and international recommendations, this programme seeks to promote literacy leaders within schools and communities whose literacy knowledge reflects the highest standards of academic rigour. It will be of particular interest to classroom teachers, aspiring literacy leaders, school principals, policy makers and those engaged in the provision of continued professional development in the area of Literacy Education.

Participants will explore the trajectory of children’s language and literacy development and a range of appropriate instructional approaches for the promotion of same. The programme will be delivered through blended learning approaches and will provide participants with the opportunity, in a collaborative setting, to reflect critically and synthesise key issues, debates, and controversies in Literacy Education.

The Structured PhD/M Ed in Literacy Education at MIC aims to:

  • Encourage participants to create original and unique research that contributes to knowledge and innovation in the promotion of Literacy Education nationally and internationally
  • Enhance participants’ knowledge of key cognitive, socio-cultural and linguistic theories of language and literacy acquisition and development through a theoretically-aware matrix of teaching methodologies and seminars
  • Develop a professional learning community that displays the ability to reflect critically on national and international policy and practice in Literacy Education
CollegeMary Immaculate College
Course LocationLimerick, Ireland
Course CategoryEducation & Teaching
Course QualificationDoctoral Degree
Course DurationTwo year MA or four year full time PhD
Course FeePOA
Entry RequirementsThe minimum entry requirements for this programme are the following:Applicants should be the holders of a first class honours primary degree or upper second class honours (2.1) primary degree (Level 8, NFQ) in a relevant or cognate discipline that incorporates a substantial education or social science component. OrA Masters degree or equivalent qualification (Level 9, NFQ), at a minimum 2.2 honours level, in Literacy Education, that has been obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick and in accordance with the University of Limerick Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning. AndA minimum of two years’ experience as a teacher of Literacy or Literacy Education or related fields, may be considered as a basis for entry on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance under this criteria may be subject to an interview, which may be done in person or alternatively via video conferencing where the candidate is unavailable to attend. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level in English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will be required to undergo an interview through English. Performance at interview: an interview may form part of the selection process for applicants. This will be done in person if possible or alternatively via video conferencing where the candidate is unavailable to attend in person. AndSubmission of a research proposal (PhD candidates only) and application form in line with the requirements set out by the Research and Graduate School, MIC. Places on the programme will be offered based on all the above, viz. qualifications, performance at interview, language proficiency level (if applicable), PhD proposal, as well as candidates’ references given in the application form. English Language RequirementsApplicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.Qualifications and Experience English Language Requirements Interview Research Proposal and Application Form
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Mary Immaculate College



South Circular Road Limerick City, Limerick City, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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