48 months
14000 EUR/year
6500 EUR/year
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The Social Science programme is a four year ‘practitioner led doctorate’ offered by the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University. The Department’s mission is to “contribute to human rights, social justice and equality nationally and internationally’’. 

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The programme is designed to provide advanced professional and research skills to qualified, experienced practitioners in lead roles in youth work, community work, social work, rights and social change focused organisations.

Aims and Outcomes

The  Social Science programme from Maynooth University aims 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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social science, the social professions and the foundations of social research
  • Social Research Debates & Processes
  • Participatory and Feminist Analysis and Research
  • Critical Debates in Practice
  • Research Design
  • Professional Practice: Perspectives on Education, Development, Gender, Diversity and Conflict & Mediation Studies
  • Governance, Organisations, Leadership and Change
  • Realising Rights: Social Policy Debates & Issues

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All candidates should hold a professional qualification in one of the social professions and 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 work, social policy or rights and social change work.
  • We particularly welcome applications from social professions practitioners working in Higher Education.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 48 months.

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.


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