The DSocSci is designed to meet the needs of established professionals who require a sophisticated academic understanding of the issues affecting their field.
It is intended 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.
On 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.
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.