Contact or apply – Doctor of Social Science, UCC

Dr Hilary Tierney graduating Doctor of Social Science at UCC

Graduation of Dr Hilary Tierney

The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) programme at University College Cork, Ireland runs every two years so the next intake is in September 2021.

We are now open for applications!

If you would like to talk to a real human about the course, please contact the Programme Director:

Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire  (
For more information, including details of how to apply, go to the School of Applied Social Studies website at Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSc) | University College Cork (

Applicants will normally be expected to have:

  1. A Masters degree in social science, social work, community work, social policy, or a similar relevant subject area;
  2. At least five years relevant postgraduate professional experience;
  3. Basic computer literacy skills and online access.
  4. English Language IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent.

Applicants submit an application form, a short written piece, and references. All shortlisted candidates are interviewed. Non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes.