Welcome to the research community at DCU Institute of Education. Aligning with the focus of DCU's Strategic Plan (2023 - 2028) Transformation for an Unscripted Future, the Institute of Education is committed to advocating for positive changes and transformations in educational policymaking and practices across the island of Ireland and internationally. It further aims to strengthen the participation and voice of stakeholders, and those who have been marginalised, in matters regarding education research. Therefore, research within the Institute has a particular focus on engagement in high-quality research that improves pedagogic practices and enhances learners' experiences in formal, informal and/ or non-formal learning contexts, and that informs policy-making and civil society within and beyond Ireland.

The Faculty has a strong research focus with many of the academic staff involved in research funded by the EU, the Irish Government, the Irish Research Council, NGOs and the charity sector. As a centre of expertise and excellence in teacher education and education more generally, the Institute hosts a range of research centres in key areas of priority and has an ambitious and growing programme of research.

Our research has a fundamental influence on our teaching. Research, along with teaching, forms our identity. With internationally recognised experts, we are dedicated to the promotion of research and scholarship to the highest international levels in education policy, inclusive and special education, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, literacy, evaluation and teacher education. 

I invite you to peruse our webpages to learn more about our excellent research, including that offered through our research centres and our wider faculty. Should you be interested in joining our vibrant doctoral community, we welcome applications for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)/Master by Research studies throughout the academic year, and for the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme on a biennial basis.

Dr Maura Coulter
Associate Dean for Research

The DCU Institute of Education: a dynamic research environment with a progressive shared culture and ambitious strategy.