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Mary Immaculate College announce three new doctoral programmes



Mary Immaculate College announce three new doctoral programmes for September 2016.

From September 2016, MIC will provide three new doctoral programmes to research students. These include two new structured PhD programmes in the areas of Applied Linguistics and Development Education and Practice, as well as a professional doctorate programme in Educational and Child Psychology.

Graduate education is a key strategic feature of Mary Immaculate College’s (MIC) mission to enhance the intellectual and professional development of students through excellence in research, teaching and learning in a range of disciplines. For a number of years, MIC Campus Limerick has offered postgraduate researchers structured PhD programmes in the areas of Education and in the Philosophy of Art and Culture.

The new Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics (PhD AL) is a four-year fulltime programme which includes a combination of taught modules (in year 1 of the programme) and individual research, the principal component being the doctoral thesis. The programme aims to enhance the professional knowledge of language teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language as a system (grammar, lexis and phonology), language learning and acquisition, as well as language in its broader societal context. The taught modules will be offered in a face-to-face environment and blended learning will be used to offer flexibility for learners.



The new Structured PhD in International Development Education and Practice builds on two postgraduate programmes that have been offered by Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in recent years, namely, the Graduate Diploma/Master’s programme in International Development Practice (MIDP) that has been taught at MIC since January 2013 and the Masters programme in Development Education, which was first offered at MIC in the autumn of 2005. This PhD programme will train generalist practitioners and educators by combining a range of teaching and learning approaches developed by a cohort of experts from academia, policy making and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The format of the programme will allow those in full-time employment to take the course on a part-time or full-time basis.

The Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology is a three-year full-time professional training programme for candidates interested in pursuing career as an educational psychologist.  The programme aims to prepare trainees to become critically aware and autonomous practitioners who are well prepared for the challenges of professional life.  The professional doctorate will enable trainees to acquire an advanced knowledge and understanding of psychological theory, research and practice though taught components, a variety of substantial professional placements and through the conducting of doctoral level research. The taught components of the programme are designed to utilise approaches to learning that are problem-based and collaborative. Trainees will be provided with opportunities to construct knowledge in an active collaborative manner by working through real-life case studies and examples, thereby linking theory and research to professional practice. The professional placements will provide extensive opportunities for the exercise of a wide range of professional roles and competencies.  Over the three years trainees will also conduct original research, of a quality to satisfy peer review and extend the forefront of the discipline, under the supervision of a designated supervisor.

Anyone contemplating applying for a postgraduate research programme at MIC can contact: The Research and Graduate School, Email: [email protected] or for individual course co-ordinator details and more information visit:

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