Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci)

The DSocSci aims to produce a group of leading-edge practitioners who have mastered the full range of theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for the conduct of their professional activities at the highest level.

Research Students TalkingOn this programme you will gain knowledge of research techniques available for enhancing professional knowledge and the training to help you use these to produce research of publishable quality.

On completion of the DSocSci 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 and labour market studies

The DSocSci is equivalent to a PhD - and like the PhD holders are allowed to use the title 'Doctor'. The DSocSci is available for study by distance learning only and can be completed in a minimum of 48 months to a maximum of 72 months. You can start your degree in February, May or October.

Entry Requirements

Standard academic entry requirements and English language entry requirements apply.

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.

The majority of our candidates are mature professionals who undertake the DSocSci programme to advance or change their career.

Tuition Fees

Total Course Fee for 2018/9 Entry

  • UK/EU £19,070
  • International £22,830

Total Course Fee for 2019/0  Entry

  • UK/EU Fees £19,930
  • International Fees £23,855

If you are living outside of the UK/EU during your studies you will pay the International fee. For clarification please contact

The fees quoted are the total fee for the PhD by Distance Learning programme and are paid over the first 4 years of study.  Fees can be paid using any of the options below.

  1. Total course fee paid in full before first registration.
  2. Total course fee split into 4 annual payments with first annual payment made in full before first registration
  3. Total course fee split into 4 annual payments with each annual payment divided into 3 instalments. The first instalment to be paid before first registration.

A payment schedule will be sent with the offer letter

Programme Structure

Candidates complete eight taught modules. Modules One to Four cover key aspects of research skills and methodological training. For Modules Five to Seven, candidates select three specialist options to demonstrate their knowledge in a specific field. Module Eight is a detailed thesis proposal.

Having completed all eight modules, candidates are required to submit a thesis of 50,000 words in a field of study approved by the Doctorate Programme Board. 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.

Applications and Further Details

Applications for the DSocSci must be submitted online and should include a full research proposal:

  1. Search our staff research interests to make sure we offer supervision in the area you want to work in
  2. Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing.
  3. You might be interested in signing up for our 5 week online course 'Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal. The course is offered through FutureLearn where you can register your interest for the next available course.
  4. Prepare your supporting documents
  5. Submit your online application

If you have any questions about the DSocSci please contact us.

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