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Educational Leadership (Research)

Dublin City University
4 years
Doctorate / PhD
On campus
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Program description

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.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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About this institute

Dublin City University is a young university, situated on an 85 acre campus three miles north of the River Liffey in the city centre and just a 15-minute drive from Dublin airport. With the city just a 10-minute bus drive...

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