Research course

Doctorate of Social Science (Work and Employment)

University of Leicester · Centre for Labour Market Studies
DSocSciMSocSci by research

Entry requirements

MSc degree in relevant area (minimum 2:1 or equivalent).

Workplace Learning; Gender, Work & Society; HRM; HRD; Employment Studies; Vocational Education, National Culture; Youth Transitions

Months of entry

January, October, May

Course content

The course is designed specifically to gain a thorough grasp of the theoretical foundations of the profession. This will include advanced theory from a number of difference social science disciplines; e.g., sociology; economics; management science; psychology of learning; sociology of education and education and training policy. 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.

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.

Department specialisms

Workplace Learning; Gender, Work & Society; Vocational Education; National Culture; Youth Transitions; Globalisation; Changing Contours of the Labour Market; Comparing National Education & Training Systems; Theories of Growth, Worker Skills & the Role of the State; Work, Employment & Learning Issues in China & Hong Kong

Information for international students

A distance learning approach allows students to undertake their studies from any location, without the need to attend lectures or tutorials. It is for people who are seeking a flexible learning method, combining study with other commitments such as family and work.

Fees and funding

Career Development Loans; Employer.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
42 months

MSocSci by research

distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

Susan Walker
0116 2525979