University College Cork: Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) is now open for applications

Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc)

The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) at University College Cork is now open for applications for September 2019.

The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) at University College Cork was established in 2005 and is a four-year advanced programme which provides the opportunity for experienced professionals based in public sector agencies, voluntary/community organizations, educational institutions and international non-governmental organisations to work on complex issues that are of direct relevance to their professional practice and organisational contexts. As an alternative to the traditional research-based PhD, the DSocSc provides a more structured learning environment that combines both teaching and research. Participants complete taught modules in the first two years of the programme in the areas of social research methods, social theory, and social policy debates and processes, and complete a 60,000 word thesis in Years 3 and 4. Taught modules in Years 1 and 2 are structured around four, five-day workshops in UCC, making it ideal for those who may be living at a distance from UCC.

For more information on the programme structure, eligibility requirements and how to apply, go to:

See also: for video clips from previous DSocSc students and graduates explaining why they like the pedagogic approach taken on the programme.

Closing date for applications: 15th February 2019

Informal enquiries welcome. Contact Course Director Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire (021-4903071;
School of Applied Social Studies UCC


UCC, Cork

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