DOCTOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
The DSocSc programme is a four year ‘practitioner led doctorate’ offered by the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University. The Department’s mission is to “contribute to human rights, social justice and equality nationally and internationally’’. The programme is designed to provide advanced professional and research skills to qualified, experienced practitioners in lead roles in youth work, community work, social work, rights and social change focused organisations.
Aims and Outcomes
The DSocSc programme aims to:
1. further progress the commitment of the Department and the University to combining the highest levels of academic achievement with excellence in professional education by educating flexible, innovative and skilled practitioners who can contribute to development of theory and practice in youth work, community work and the realisation of rights for marginalised groups.
2. enable experienced practitioners to undertake original, rigorous research in youth work, community work and rights based contexts that contributes to the development of their disciplines.
At the end of the DSocSc students should be able to:
The DSocSc programme is underpinned by four inter-related commitments:
The Department of Applied Social Studies engagement and research focuses on the areas of Social Justice, Policy and Professions. It is the longest established provider of professional community work and youth work in the Republic of Ireland and also offers a BSocSc and an MsocSc (Rights and Policy). In addition, the Department and has recently introduced a Master’s in Social Work (MSW). In addition to providing innovative academic education and training, the Department’s staff (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/applied-social-studies/our-people) contributes to human rights, social justice and equality nationally and internationally through research in the social sciences and associated public contribution
DsocSc students have undertaken original research in the areas of youth work policy, radical community work, participatory governance, LGBTI youth policy, community work with older men, Traveller activism as well as various dimension of professional community work and youth workers.
"The DSocSc is ideally structured for anyone who wishes to study for a doctoral qualification but who might also have other commitments. Off-campus access to the University library meant that I could study from home. The programme content is broad enough to cater for a wide range of professional and practice interests, with a lot of support around your research, academic and writing skills. Overall, what stands out for me is the chance to engage with conventional and alternative research methods"
Dr. Sinead McMahon, Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, Limerick Institute of Technology
Who should apply?
All candidates should hold a professional qualification in one of the social professions and at least an MA or equivalent level 9 academic qualification, ideally in a social science discipline.
They should have a minimum of five years post-qualifying professional experience in youth work, community work, social work, social policy or rights and social change work.
We particularly welcome applications from social professions practitioners working in Higher Education.
Minimum English language requirements:
· IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
· TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
· TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
· PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850
|How to apply|
Next DSocSc recruitment in 2021?
Apply on pac.ie [MHB06] . Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
Note: If you are applying on pac.ie, please write: 'To be decided in Year 2' in response to any query re. research topic.
Candidates are required to supply:
Please note: A course minimum of students is required in order to proceed with this programme.
The DSocSC fees are in line with other doctoral/PhD degrees in the University i.e. €6200 in Year 1 for Irish and EU students and €14000 for international students.
You should note there can be a small increase on a year on year basis. You will find more information at www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships/fees
We welcome expressions of interest prior to the closing date. Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator Dr. Hilary Tierney at DSocSc@mu.ie
The programme combines block modules on campus with self-directed learning off campus, including some online components. There are 4 block weeks (Monday-Friday) plus a summer school on campus each year.
Year 1: week 1 in early February 2020, week 2 in April, summer school in June, week 3 in late September and week 4 in November 2020. This structure will be repeated in year 2.
Learning blocks in years three and four are designed to support the research process and enable students to complete their thesis. They will be agreed with the thesis supervisor(s) and programme director and may vary somewhat for each student.
Taught Modules in years 1 and 2.
In years 1 and 2 students complete an assignment associated with each module between blocks. Students undertake a 50,000 word thesis in years 3 and 4.
Low cost accommodation is available on campus. See https://www.maynoothcampus.com/
Maynooth University is easily accessible by road and public transport including an airport shuttle. See https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/location
Programme Co-ordinator Hilary Tierney
|Career and postgraduate options|
While the participants on the DSocSc will be skilled professionals on entry to the programme, experience over the four years will prepare them to further advance in their professional and academic careers in the areas of senior management, policy development, teaching and research.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site