Program Description

The Educational Neuroscience program is designed to advance the science of brain, cognition and education on an international-scale, and to develop practical applications for the community’s cultural and economic needs. This pioneering program celebrates learning diversity; it is the first of its kind in the region and is at the forefront of educational transformation.


The Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Educational Neuroscience Program is offered in Abu Dhabi and Ajman as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi – Emirates College for Advanced Education
  • Ajman – Teachers Training Institute

Class timetables

All classes are offered during weekdays in the evening as ECAE Graduate degrees are offered as part-time programs. Allocated timetables with the location, time and duration of all lectures will be released towards the program start date on 26th August 2018.

Year 1 Semester 1
DOCM720 - Qualitative Research Methods
PHDC730 - Neuroscience: Brain Anatomy and Circuits
Year 1 Semester 2
DOCM730 - Quantitative Research Methods
PHDC710 - Educational Neuroscience
Year 2 Semester 1
DOCM710 - Mixed methods Research
DOCC770 - Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
PHDC740 - Neuroscience: Brain Systems, Behavior and Cognition 1
Year 2 Semester 2
PHDM720 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods OR
PHDM710 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
PHDC750 - Neuroscience: Brain Systems, Behavior and Cognition 2
Year 3 Semester 1
PHDC760 - Research Apprenticeship
DOCC750 - Seminar 1
Year 3 Semester 2
PHDD910 - Dissertation Research
DOCC760 - Seminar 2
Year 4
PHDD910 - Dissertation Research (over two semesters)

Admission Requirements

Applicants of all nationalities may apply for admission to the Ph.D. in education: Educational Neuroscience program provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in an appropriate field from an accredited University or have a foreign qualification which has received equivalence from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the Master’s degree.
  • Have completed a graduate level Research course (or equivalent).
  • Hold a current International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or equivalent (TOEFL IBT or Pearson PTE Academic or EmSAT) or higher.

In addition to the above, candidates will be required to pass an admissions interview.

To apply for admission, please click here

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