Welcome to the DSocSc

The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) at University College Cork is a successful four-year advanced doctoral programme based in the School of Applied Social Studies. It provides opportunities for experienced professionals based in public sector agencies, voluntary/community organizations, educational, educational institutions and international non-governmental organisations to work on complex issues that are of direct relevance to their professional practice and organisational contexts.

Participants at the biennial DSocSc Symposium 2019

Hear more about UCC’s DSocSc programme from graduates/participants

As an alternative to the traditional research-based PhD, the DSocSc provides a more structured learning environment that combines both teaching and research. Our graduates and current participants have a range of professional backgrounds, including public sector management, social research, education, community work, international development, social work and youth work. Some have received funding awards to undertake the programme, including the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, and many have used the skills and knowledge acquired on the course to further develop their careers in national and international social policy and research arenas.

The next intake for the course is in September 2023.