The National Framework for Doctoral Education

By continuing to implement the National Framework for Doctoral Education, Irish HEIs are committing to embedding the core principles outlined in the NFDE which will in turn continue to enhance doctoral education in Ireland and enable Ireland to position itself as a leader in doctoral provision.

The key principles, doctoral outcomes, context and purpose of the National Framework for Doctoral Education are set out below.

Context for the Framework

As Ireland continues to establish itself as a knowledge economy and a leader in innovation, doctoral graduates will be key in its efforts to address challenges such as climate change, health and wellbeing and digital transformation.

Purpose of the Framework

The key aim of this Framework is to underpin excellence in all forms of doctoral education in Ireland by providing a set of principles for doctoral education, while recognising the diversity in the Irish higher education system and the ever-changing research landscape.

Principles of the Framework

The 9 principles of the revised National Framework for Doctoral Education commit the key stakeholders in Irish graduate education and research to the highest standards in the provision of doctoral education and research.

Doctoral outcomes

The core and essential component of doctoral education remains the advancement of knowledge through original research - a fundamental societal value in itself, based on freedom of enquiry, the fostering of innovative thinking and the development of advanced critical skills.

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