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Online PhD Degree Programs – Accreditation of Irish Universities

Online PhD Degree Programs and Accreditation of Irish Universities

If you are considering getting your undergraduate or post-graduate degree through online PhD degree programs from higher learning insitutions in Ireland, make sure that the degree you earn is included in the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Launched in 2003, the NFQ describes the Irish qualifications system and consists of ten levels, spanning basic certificates to doctoral level degrees, each based on nationally-recognized standards of skill, knowledge and competence that a student should possess after completing a course of study.

Accreditation Bodies and Online PhD Degree Programs

There are six national awarding bodies that have the authority to award degrees, certificates or other qualifications, and whose awards are included in the Framework. These are the State Examinations Commission (which issues school awards such as Junior Certificates and Leaving Certificates), the Further Education and Training Awards Council, the Higher Eduation and Training Awards Council, Institutes of Technology (which are authorized by HETAC to give awards), the Dublin Institute of Technology and universities which offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s degrees as well as qualifications earned through continuing and distance education modalities, including online PhD degree programs.

The NFQ is implemented by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), which also has the responsibility for facilitating the recognition of awards earned from educational institutions outside Ireland. A list of recognized higher education institutions in Ireland can be downloaded from the NQAI site. Students wishing to sign up for online PhD degree programs from Irish universities can also log on to the National Learner’s Database to access information on higher and further education programs and training courses.

Online PhD Degree Programs and Irish Universities

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