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Doctor of Social Sciences DSocSci

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


48 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

SocSciD - Doctor of Social Science

Subject areas

Social Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

The DSocSci is designed to meet the needs of established professionals who require a sophisticated academic understanding of the issues affecting their field.

It is intended to produce a group of leading-edge practitioners who have mastered the full range of theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for the conduct of their professional activities at the highest level.

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.

The DSocSci is equivalent to a PhD - and like the PhD holders are allowed to use the title 'Doctor'. The DSocSci is available for study by distance learning only and can be completed in a minimum of 48 months to a maximum of 72 months. You can start your degree in February, May or October.

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Entry requirements

We will require evidence of a relevant Masters degree, preferably at distinction level, together with a detailed outline of your initial research proposal. The validity and quality of the proposal will be of crucial significance in determining eligibility for entry. The majority of our candidates are mature professionals who undertake the DSocSci programme to advance or change their career.

University information

For a century, the University of Leicester has been home to great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking work of the university’s expert research groups, postgraduate students will tackle the emerging social, economic, political, and scientific issues head-on and set the agenda where others simply follow....more