All candidates should hold at least an MA or equivalent level 9 academic qualification, ideally in a social science discipline. They should have a minimum of five years post-qualifying professional experience in youth work, community work, social policy or rights and social change work.
Months of entry
The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) is a four year professional doctorate programme designed to provide advanced professional and research skills to qualified, experienced practitioners in lead roles in youth work, community work, rights and social change focused organisations.
The DSocSc programme is designed to:
- Further progress the commitment of the Department and the University to combining the highest levels of academic achievement with excellence in professional education by educating flexible, innovative and skilled practitioners who can contribute to development of theory and practice in youth work, community work and the realisation of rights for marginalised groups.
- Enable experienced practitioners to undertake original, rigorous research in youth work, community work and rights based contexts that contributes to the development of their disciplines.
Information for international students
Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test): 95; PTE (Pearson): 62. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.
Fees and funding
For funding and scholarship opportunities see here: Fees, funding & scholarships
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Applied Social Sciences