The Doctorate in Social Science
Doctorate in Social Science details...
Read about our current Doctorate students' research topics...
Using specifically designed materials you will gain a thorough grasp of the theoretical foundations of the profession. This will include advanced theory from a number of different social science disciplines, e.g. sociology of work and employment; sociology of education; human resource management; human resource development; education, training and learning.
You will gain knowledge of the range of research techniques available for enhancing professional knowledge and the ability to utilise appropriate research techniques to produce research of publishable quality.
Upon completion you will:
- have the latest and most sophisticated theoretical knowledge for practitioners.
- be able to ensure that this knowledge can be used to inform practice and that you can critically engage with developments in your field.
- be equipped with the tools and techniques necessary to conduct and evaluate research pertinent to your professional interests.
- be able to enhance the growing discipline areas of Human Resource Development (HRD) and labour market studies.
The Doctorate course is studied completely by distance learning over a minimum of 48 months up to a maximum of 72 months.
There are eight modules in total with five core modules and three option modules.
Modules 1-4 cover research training and Modules 5-7 comprise three option modules. Once these are completed you will move on to study Module 8, The Thesis Proposal. If successful you will proceed to write the thesis (50,000 words).
Further details on the current Doctorate option modules are available here.
Please note that module content and options module availability may be subject to change.
February, May and October.
We will require evidence of a relevant Masters degree, preferably at distinction level, together with a detailed outline of your initial research proposal. The validity and quality of the proposal will be of crucial significance in determining eligibility for entry.
Modules 1-4 will be assessed by an assignment of 4,000 words for each module. Modules 5-7 will be assessed by an assignment of 5,000 words for each module. Module 8, The Thesis Proposal, comprises a proposal of 5,000 words and the completion of University of Leicester online ethical approval form. If completed successfully then you will be permitted to proceed to the thesis stage of the programme where you will work in close contact with allocated supervisors.
You will be required to submit a thesis of 50,000 words in an approved field of study. The thesis will demonstrate your ability to apply appropriate research methodologies and to analyse issues within the field of work, employment and learning. The thesis must contain original work and be of publishable quality. Doctorate theses have to be defended at a viva in the presence of two examiners.
There are currently more than 120 students registered on the Doctorate worldwide with significant groups in Hong Kong, Ireland, Malta and the UK. The majority of our students are mature professionals who undertake the Doctorate programme to advance or change their career.
"The material that I worked on during DSocSci has affected me in ways I least expected it to." Read profiles...
More information on our course regulations can be found in the Doctorate Student Handbook.
For further information, please contact:
Susan Walker (Doctorate Administrator)
Phone: +44 (0)116 252 5979
Next step: request an Information and Application Pack