The Department of Business at Technological University Dublin invites application for an MPhil studentship on “An explorative case study into understanding and implementing transformative learning and employability within a quality curriculum framework” in 2019.

Project details:

This is a full-time research project (MPhil, with possibility to progress to PhD) will focus on transformative learning and employability within the QCF. It aims, in brief, to design, develop, execute and evaluate a transformative learning and employability component of the new TU Dublin QCF. This project will be a symbiotic collaboration between
academic/professional services staff, students as well as external stakeholders across TU Dublin, and will be strategically important and impactful for all TU Dublin stakeholders.

Main Tasks

The project will involve:

  • undertaking a critical review and synthesis of the literature on employability and transformative learning in higher education;
  • designing, through the process of consultation, a data collection strategy to detail the current level of employability and transformative learning in TU Dublin’s current curricula;
  • exploring existing data to benchmark the ‘embeddedness’ of employability and transformative learning in TU Dublin’s curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities against international best-practice;
  • iteratively design and develop a transformative and employability focussed component of the TU Dublin Quality Curriculum Framework;
  • designing, developing, piloting and executing an evaluation protocol for a targeted trial of the transformative learning and employability component of the new TU Dublin Quality Curriculum Framework in each of the TU Dublin constituent institutions;
  • integrating the designed and evaluated transformative and employability focussed component of the TU Dublin Quality Curriculum Framework into the organisational structure and business model of TU Dublin, as an area of strategic importance;
  • acting in accordance with the objectives of the research project and conforming to highest standards of ethics possible;
  • undertaking other duties as may be reasonably required from time-to-time.
  • The post-graduate research student will be required to be present at TU Dublin’s Blanchardstown campus Innovation Centre, the LINC, full-time Monday to Friday and will be expected to engage with other TU Dublin students working in this space. Candidates should be resident in the EU at the time of their application.

Worth of Award

The scholarship will be awarded for a period of 2 years to a value of €24,000 per year. There is the possibility that funding can be provided for a further 2 year period should the project be advanced from MA to PhD level.

However, this is not guaranteed. Funding will cover the following elements:

  • A maintenance grant of €16,000 per year
  • Travel/Consumables/Materials budget of €2,250 per year
  • Tuition fees for all scholarship holders will be funded to a max of €5,750 per year for two years.

Postgraduate students receiving scholarships should not be in receipt of another Exchequer funded grant on appointment to the research project


They seek a 1.1 or 2.1 graduate in a relevant NQF Level 8 Bachelors degree programme (or equivalent), ideally in a discipline with a strong education component, that has experience of conducting research (or managing a complex and extensive research project).

Required Skills and Aptitudes

  • a passion for, and belief in transformative learning and/or life long learning;
  • good communication skills, particularly in report-writing and presentation skills;
  • exceptional attention to detail and strong organisational skills;
  • excellent interpersonal and intrapersonal skills an entrepreneurial mindset.

Specific Requirements

  • strong research skills, particularly in both qualitative and quantitative;
  • ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines;
  • strong analytical, synthesis and design skills.

Desirable Experience

  • a proven ability to carry out mixed methods research;
  • a track record of managing projects and delivering on project objectives;
  • prior professional experience of working in educational research (or related field);
  • a demonstrated ability to work both independently and with others, as well as to develop a community of practice in curriculum design, across TU Dublin.
  • Any non-EU scholarship holder will be eligible for additional fees.
  • Any non-EU applicants will require a visa to come and study in Ireland

How to Apply

To Apply:

Please email the following to – [email protected]

  • Cover Letter, outlining how you can evidence specific skills and aptitudes required, and comprehensive CV;
  • Names and email contact details for two referees (minimum), detailing your relationship to the referees.

Informal project queries should be directed to [email protected]

Deadline: applications close  12 noon (GMT) June 30, 2019.

Click here for more details and to apply(PDF)

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