Improving formal research training: developments at NUIMaynooth, Ireland

Hobbs, A. and Burroughs, E. and McGloughlin, J. S. (2014) Improving formal research training: developments at NUIMaynooth, Ireland. GeoJournal. ISSN 03432521 (ISSN)

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As elsewhere, Irish universities are now actively rethinking the PhD degree and striving for improved student experiences and outcomes. We present here a student perspective on reform in the Irish system, using the case of the Department of Geography at the National University of Ireland Maynooth for illustration. Specifically we focus upon the introduction of compulsory and formal graduate education modules. We argue that formalised research training is worthwhile; however, we call attention to the importance of the student's autonomy and stress the importance of maintaining flexibility for the individual researcher. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Export Date: 23 February 2015; Article in Press; CODEN: GEOJD; Correspondence Address: Hobbs, A.; Department of Geography, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Graduate education modules (GREPs); Ireland; Maynooth; PhD
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 18:52
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 18:54

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