Course Overview

The Structured PhD (Home Economics) is a four-year full-time or six-year part-time structured PhD programme delivered by the School of Home Economics, in association with the National Centre of Excellence in Home Economics, St. Angela’s College, Sligo.  

Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified candidates whose research proposal aligns with the School’s research themes.

The programme will attract Irish Home Economists and those from around the world who want to take the next step in developing their expertise and strengthening the research base upon which Home Economics is built, as well as prospective entrants from aligned and cognate disciplines.

PhD candidates in the School of Home Economics will work under the supervision of an academic faculty member and will have the support of a Graduate Research Committee (GRC).

PhD candidates will be supported and nurtured at St. Angela’s College, they will gain valuable transferrable skills as well as completing a research project which makes an original contribution to the field of Home Economics / aligned area unlocking career opportunities in both public and private sector roles.  

Applications and Selections

Applications for the Structured PhD (Home Economics) are accepted throughout the academic year, but normally no later than mid-July for commencement in autumn of that year. The current closing date for applications is the 16th July 2021.

For 2021-2022 applications, we are delighted to offer the Kappeler Bursary for PhD studies in Home Economics (part-time).
More details HERE

Please complete the relevant Structured PhD (Home Economics) Expression of Interest Form and return to Aisling Carty, Adminstrator, School of Home Economics:  

Expression of Interest Form - General Application

Expression of Interest Form - Bursary Application


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  • Following consultation with supervisor/s assigned by the Head of School, submit an outline research proposal (see Guidelines for Drafting a Research Proposal). A guide for the proposal length is 1,000-2,000 words.
  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall test score of minimum 6.5 in the IELTS Academic Test is required for direct entry.

Additional Requirements


Four-years full-time
Six-years part-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

16th July 2021

NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting


Structured PhD (Home Economics)


Course code

Course Outline

In the Structured PhD, candidates combine a focused doctoral project, aimed at making an original and publishable contribution to knowledge in the field of Home Economics, with a number of taught modules which support various aspects of the candidate’s research and professional development.

Applications are welcome from individuals whose proposals are directly aligned to research priorities in the School of Home Economics. Home Economics encapsulates three broad areas of study: Family Resource Management, Food Studies, and Textiles, Fashion, and Design. Its disciplinary base encompasses diverse content areas including: diet, nutrition and health promotion; food education and food science; textiles, fashion, craft and design; social, family and childcare studies; consumer literacy; education; family resource management; and sustainable lifestyles, technology and enterprise. Please visit our School of Home Economics Research as well as individual Academic Staff Research Profiles, in preparation for making an application to ascertain if your research topic is aligned with research expertise and priorities in the School.

Potential candidates are invited to discuss a possible PhD research area/topic by making contact with the Head of School of Home Economics, Helen Maguire by email at

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Completing a Structured PhD (Home Economics) will unlock future career opportunities at a high level in a broad range of public and private sector roles. Graduates may move into academic and research roles in Higher Education, continue to post-doctoral research or advance to leading roles in the public sector businesses or within NGO’s.

Academic Expertise

The School of Home Economics comprising the National Centre of Excellence in Home Economics boasts leading international academic experts in this specialist field with a number of academics holding positions on government advisory groups, Chair positions on internationally recognised committees and memberships of international research teams. Candidates will gain valuable transferrable skills as well as completing a research project which makes an original contribution to the field of Home Economics / aligned research areas.

Supports Available

Research students are encouraged to participate actively in relation to the wide range of research activities undertaken within the School and to avail of all resources available including: access to office accommodation on campus with computing facilities, access to the St. Angela’s College Students Union designated Postgraduate Affairs Officer, access to both The McKeown Library and the NUI Galway James Hardiman Library facilities including all in person and virtual services, dedicated support from the St. Angela’s College Academic Writing Centre and monthly access to the  Doctoral Roundtable (Support Group).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,250 p.a. (2021-2022)

Fees: Tuition

€ (included)

Fees: Student levy

€ (included)

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. (2021-2022)


For 2021-2022 applications, we are delighted to offer the Kappeler Bursary for PhD studies in Home Economics (part-time).
More details HERE

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

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Please contact:

Ms Helen Maguire
Head of School (Home Economics)