Do you know about Hibernia College’s Online PhD in Education?

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Hibernia College Dublin offers students around the world the chance to work towards a PhD in Education. The course is online through its Hibernia/Plymouth Research Node. Students can complete the doctorate research either full-time over four years or six years part-time.

Students doing this PhD will be part of the Plymouth Institute of Education and registered with both Plymouth and Hibernia. In addition, Plymouth University awards the doctorates.

The PhD in Education has a particular focus on the following key research areas:

  • The impact of learning technologies on learning experiences and teaching practices
  • Innovation in teaching, learning and assessment
  • Innovation in teacher education
  • Internationalisation of postgraduate programmes in teacher education
  • Bridging the gap between theory and practice in education
  • Reflective practice


This programme is for students with a particular research question or topic in education, who wish to explore this through independent study.

For example, teachers or those working in education, who wish to pursue their studies further. This is a research-based doctorate. As a result, it is a solid foundation for those aspiring to a research career or an academic career.

This programme is not a taught doctoral programme (EdD), nor is it a ‘professional doctorate.’ Therefore, there is no mandatory taught or directed study element to the programme. However, PhD students may participate in modules offered through the Hibernia College Masters’ programmes.  They can also attend the Plymouth University graduate training programmes.

Administrative and academic support

Hibernia provides administrative and academic support for doctoral research leading to a PhD from Plymouth University Institute of Education.

Hibernia provides support for the progression and welfare of the PhD student through the Director of Studies as well as access to the student support services. In addition, students have access to a wider research community, research events, the opportunity to take part in modules on the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning and a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with forums, information and support.

About Plymouth University Institute of Education

Plymouth University has a strong record of accomplishment for teaching and learning. It is among the UK’s top 50 universities for research. In addition, 80 percent of the submissions made to the most recent government assessment were recognised as being of global significance.


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  1. claireconnolly 22nd June 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I am just inquiring about the PhD in Education online i.e. start dates and structure etc.

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