A National Framework for Doctoral Education was launched in Dublin on June 24th 2015. The development of this Framework was a recommendation from the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (2011) and the National Prioritisation Research Exercise report (2011).
The Framework was developed by QQI and the HEA with key stakeholders including IUA, IOTI and DIT. The purpose of this Framework for the development of Irish doctoral education is, inter alia, to facilitate consistent and enhanced excellence in the quality of doctoral education and training including Masters Research in order to ensure that Ireland has high quality, international standard PhD programmes.
The Framework mainframes best practices in structured PhD programmes developed by Irish higher-education institutions. Its principles commit the key stakeholders in Irish graduate education and research to the highest standards in the provision of doctoral education and research. Research funders are also committed to supporting the principles articulated in the Framework.
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