The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre

Welcome to the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway and as part of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society.

Research undertaken at the UCFRC is strongly connected to applied work for children and families and relevant to a diverse range of stakeholders including service users, policymakers, politicians, service managers and front line staff. Activities are focused on knowledge creation around ‘what works’ in the real world of practice and on utilising community-based approaches to working with and for children and their families. Through our various partnerships, the UCFRC is at the heart of policy, research and evaluation activities that inform the delivery system for child welfare.

The Centre is delighted to have renowned Actor Cillian Murphy as the Centre Patron. For more information on Cillian's work with the Centre please click here


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Applications are invited for the September 2017 intake of the Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research. The programme is delivered as part of a joint initiative between the School of Psychology and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.

This is a full-time, four year or six year part-time programme, combining a thesis and taught modules.

The PhD programme aims:

• To prepare programme participants to conduct high quality 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 employment settings

How to apply: For further details on the programme, entry requirements, and guidelines on how to apply see:…/courses/child-youth-research.html…
or contact: Ms. Dee Quinn: .