PhD's in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences  

Interested in a PhD in the area of Education & Health Sciences? The faculty of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Limerick has four key areas of research strength and capability that are interdisciplinary and cross-faculty (School of Education; Psychology; Physical Education & Sport Sciences; Nursing & Midwifery; Clinical Therapies; and Graduate Entry Medical School); these areas are complimented by several research centres and clusters. The four research strengths are outlined along with some research areas that could inform the topic or content of your PhD research. For more specific topics, check out each department research websites to get further information on PhD research.


1. Physical Activity and Human Performance.

Research areas include: assessing sedentary behaviour, enhancing physical activity, diet and health; improving physical activity in people with chronic conditions; human performance in sport;  biomechanics; physiology and psychology of human performance. Research centres are; / PE PAYS (Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Centre)

/ C-PAHR (Centre for Physical Activity & Health Research)


2. Social Inclusion.

The aim of research in this theme is to promote societal and health equality across the life course, supporting inclusion, participation and resilience within communities.

Research areas include: psycho-social population issues; inclusion, participation, collaboration, community relations and social change; public and patient involvement; health and wellbeing at individual and social levels. This Research centre is

/ The Centre for Social Issues Research

3. Professional Practice and Education.

Research areas include: initial and continuing teacher education; evidence-based pedagogies; teaching innovations; teachers’ professional contexts; practitioner education; clinical decision making; and the development of health practices and professions. Research centres are the; / Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice / 'PEPAYS Research Centre/ National Centre for STEM Education


4. Optimising Health.

Research areas include: clinical audit; assessment of client access to services; engagement with stakeholders to improve intervention; interrogation of dedicated databases of population health and illness; improving asset utilisation, facility and patient management to deliver evidence-based advances in health processes, technologies and devices; evaluation of public health through inter-disciplinary models; engagement with population health promotion. Research centres are: / 4i (Interventions in Infection, Inflammation and Immunity) / Centre for Pre-Hospital Research.


See the following links for further PhD opportunities:

Dept of Clinical Therapies

Dept of Psychology

Dept of Physical Eduction & Sport Sciences

School of Education


Our faculty also have a limited number of non-EU fee waivers available for the right candidate; if you are interested in studying for a PhD with us then please contact Dr Stephen Gallagher Assistant Dean of Research:

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