• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) at the Maynooth University 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.

About

The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) at the Maynooth University 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.

Career

While the participants on the DSocSc will be skilled professionals on entry to the programme, experience over the four years will prepare them to further advance in their professional and academic careers in the areas of senior management, policy development, teaching and research.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Science, the Social Professions and the Foundations of Social Research
  • Participatory and Feminist Analysis and Research
  • Social Research Debates & Processes
  • Critical Debates in Practice
  • Professional Practice: Perspectives on Education, Development, Gender, Diversity and Conflict & Mediation Studies
  • Realising Rights: Social Policy Debates & Issues
  • Governance, Organisations, Leadership and Change

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    585

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6350 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Maynooth

  • 650 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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