The Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research can be taken on a full-time basis over four years or on a part-time basis over six years. This interdisciplinary programme responds to an identified need for researchers with the requisite, high-level and wide-ranging experience and skills to undertake the kind of work that is needed in an evidence-informed policy environment.

Unlike traditional, thesis-only PhDs, this programme incorporates a suite of taught modules in key areas of child and youth research. These modules will provide course participants with the opportunity to widen their knowledge and skill base as well as feeding into the development of their core thesis work."

Programme Aims

  • To prepare programme participants to conduct advanced policy and practice-relevant research and programme evaluation with children and young people.

  • To develop programme participants’ knowledge and skills in key theoretical, methodological, policy and practice areas relating to children.

  • To provide graduates with a set of generic work-skills to facilitate their successful entry into the full range of relevant employment settings.

At TCD, the host Centre and Schools are the Children’s Research Centre (CRC), the School of Psychology and the School of Social Work and Social Policy.

At NUI, Galway, the host Centre and Schools are the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre (CFRC), the School of Political Science and Sociology and the School of Psychology.

Students will be based in one or other institution, and registered in the School to which their thesis supervisor belongs.

Staff and students from TCD and NUIG

Photo Back Row (L-R):  Dr. John Canavan, Dr. Allyn Fives, Marcella Horrigan-Kelly, Dovile Vildaite, Susan Kent, Claire O'Driscoll, Dr. Padraig MacNeela, Ronan Conway, Anne Cassidy. Middle Row (L-R): Dr. Lorraine Swords, Margaret Lawlor, Joanne Kierans, Lisa Ann Kennedy, Leonor Rodriguez, Dr. Caroline Heary, Dr. Michelle Share, Sheila Garrity, Helen Gleeson. Front Row (L-R): Ann O'Kelly, Kimberley Kong, Siobhán Kavanagh, Tanja Kovacic, Elke Hayes, Máire Hanniffy, Charlotte Silke, Bronagh Flynn, Evanna Keaveney.


The Structured PhD in Child & Youth Research gratefully acknowledges funding support received from Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.