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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) is a full time advanced in-service programme running over 48 months from the date of first registration. Students may opt to register on a part-time basis in Years Three and Four of the programme, such students must complete the programme within 72 months of registration for the programme.

Programme Learning Outcomes for DSocSc (NFQ Level 10, Major Award)

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role of social research and evaluation in society, and identify and formulate research ‘problems’;
  • Apply theoretical and conceptual debates in the social sciences to the analysis of social issues and research;
  • Critically analyse social policy debates and processes in the context of participants’ own work practices/organisation;
  • Design and execute a substantive piece of social research as an autonomous researcher;
  • Select and apply appropriate social research methodologies in addressing research problems;
  • Effectively communicate research findings in both written and oral formats to a range of different audiences;
  • Develop intellectual/professional leadership through the use of research as a method of developing organisations.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (48 months)

Tuition fees
€13,130.00 (US$ 15,230) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 January 2022

Venue

University College Cork

College Road,

Cork,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applications will normally be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to a UCC Bachelor (Hons) degree and whose grades are equivalent to a UCC Second-Class Honours Grade 1 or Second-Class Honours Grade 2 as appropriate. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL A minimum score of 550.

For international students

Applications will normally be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to a UCC Bachelor (Hons) degree and whose grades are equivalent to a UCC Second-Class Honours Grade 1 or Second-Class Honours Grade 2 as appropriate. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Duolingo English Test: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.

IELTS: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOEFL 90 Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17

Cambridge Proficiency Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Cambridge Advanced Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Pearson PTE: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University College Cork

UCC is an award-winning, world-class teaching and research university with over 170 years of history.

  • Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide
  • Cork is rated as a top ‘cultural & creative city’
  • Over 3,000 international students
  • Over 90% of graduates secure employment after graduating