Taught course

Applied Social Research Doctorate

University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences
PhD by taught

Entry requirements

The Professional Doctorate is intended for experienced professionals; you will normally need the equivalent of a minimum of two years' appropriate professional experience. For entry onto our Professional Doctorate programme you will also normally need an Honours or Masters’ degree in a relevant social science from a UK university or equivalent. Credit may be awarded for previous study, according to SCQF guidelines.

The Department has ESRC recognition for 1+3 students (providing both research training and PhD supervision).

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Our Professional Doctorate programme is very flexible - you are able to take a tailored pathway through your studies. Currently there are six professional pathways: Housing; Social Work; Dementia Studies; Drug and Alcohol Studies; Crime and Criminal Justice and Social Research. In the taught components of the programme, each route allows you to work together with other professionals to build key research skills while also deepening your professional development through a range of specialist options. You will then complete an assignment based on a professional project within the workplace. This will connect your research skills and real-world experience, encouraging you to engage reflexively at an advanced level over your professional role and practice. The thesis then provides an opportunity for advanced research on a topic of your choice.

  • The Professional Doctorate programme is open to experienced executives or professionals.
  • The award of Doctor of Applied Social Research is equivalent to a PhD.
  • Doctoral students will demonstrate scholarship, methodological expertise, a contribution to knowledge about practice and a contribution to practice.
  • Directed study for the Professional Doctorate is on a part-time basis over two or three years, followed by the Thesis.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL 577/233/90.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration

PhD by taught

part time
48-96 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment34
Dissertation66 (45000 words)

Course contact details

Richard Simmons
+44 (0)1786 466 314