Course Overview

The Structured PhD in Children’s Studies is a four-year full-time or six year part-time interdisciplinary PhD programme with contributions from various schools and disciplines in the University of Galway. This interdisciplinary programme responds to a need for researchers with broad knowledge and understanding of children’s lives in Ireland and beyond.

Over the four years, the programme will provide students with access to the expertise of a range of scholars in the field of Children’s Studies, as they develop their research ideas and enhance their research skills.

As part of the programme, students are expected to take discipline specific modules, generic skills modules and engage in their own research. Specific modules will be determined according to the research area of each individual student.

Programmes Available

Structured PhD, full-time & part-time
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have obtained an honours degree in an appropriate subject (Second Class Honours, Grade 1 minimum [or equivalent international qualification]), and will typically hold a Master’s degree.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Children’s Literature and Culture
  • Children and Media
  • Adolescents’ Health and Well Being
  • Adolescents’ Health and Risk Behaviours
  • Child Immigrants
  • Childhood Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life
  • Child Maltreatment and Abuse

Researcher Profiles

Dr Kate Harvey
Dr Michal Molcho

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Dr Michal Molcho
T: +353 91 493 668