Ph.D. On Campus

Adult and Community Education

Maynooth University

48 months
14000 EUR/year
6500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The overall aim of the Adult and Community Education programme from Maynooth University is to facilitate the students in making an original contribution to the knowledge base in the field of adult and community education through research. It meets the needs of practitioners in the field of Adult and Community Education.

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The Department of Adult and Community Education is firmly committed to equality and social justice. We believe that education is a fundamental human right and collaborative, critical adult education has the power to transform individuals and change society for the better. We have the leading centre for research on adult education in Ireland and have built an excellent international reputation for our work on further education, higher education, adult guidance, community development and transformative learning. 

Our research interests and projects concern critical pedagogy, access and equality in adult and higher education, adult guidance and counselling, community education, critical policy studies, transformative learning and active citizenship.  We actively support innovative and creative methodological approaches to research with a strong focus on participatory approaches.


While the participants on Adult and Community Education programme from Maynooth University will be skilled professionals on entry to the programme, experience over the four years will prepare them to further advance in their professional and academic careers in the areas of research, policy development, teaching and engagement.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Funding Application
  • The Craft and Logics of Social Research 
  • Professional Certificate in Postgraduate Teaching & Learning: Tutors & Demonstrators
  • Professional Skills - Thesis Completion and Career Development
  • Academic Writing Module
  • Prior Learning Portfolio Development
  • Personal Progress Programme
  • Advanced Gender Studies in Adult and Community Education
  • Ethical Perspectives on Adult Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Primary degree (or equivalent) and a Masters degree in Adult and Community Education or a relevant discipline,
  • Experience in higher or adult education,
  • Proven ability in academic writing.   

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • Part-time: 4,330 Euro

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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