2021/2022

DSocSc

NFQ Level 10, Major Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2021-22 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) is a full time advanced in-service programme running over 48 months from the date of first registration. Students may opt to register on a part-time basis in Years Three and Four of the programme, such students must complete the programme within 72 months of registration for the programme.

Year 1
Students take 60 credits as follows:
SS7001 An Introduction to Social Research (15 credits)
SS7002 Philosophies of Social Science (15 credits)
SS7003 Research Methods and Skills 1: Qualitative (15 credits)
SS7004 Social Policy Debates and Processes (15 credits)

Students will also undertake work on the thesis during Year 1 which meets the satisfaction of the Programme Board.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module descriptions may be found here.

Year 2
Students take 60 credits as follows:
SS7005 Research Methods and Skills 2: Quantitative (15 credits)
SS7006 State and Society (15 credits)
SS7007 The Politics of Social Research (15 credits)
SS7008 Designing for Research and Evaluation (15 credits)

Students will also undertake work on the thesis during Year 2 which meets the satisfaction of the Programme Board.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Year 3
Students complete research work, and develop agreed objectives and goals with their supervisor for the year. Progress will be assessed by the Programme Board at the end of Year 3 based on submission of thesis work of approximately 20,000 words (to include elements of the literature review and fieldwork), and a formal oral presentation to tutors and peers.

Year 4
Students complete research work, and continue to develop their thesis in consultation with their supervisor. At the end of the year, students present a thesis of approximately 60,000 words, which will be assessed through a viva voce examination.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research
Students who pass SS7001, SS7002, SS7003 and SS7004 (60 credits) may choose to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research.

MSocSc (Applied Social Research)
Students who pass SS7001, SS7002, SS7003, SS7004, SS7005, SS7006, SS7007 and SS7008 (120 credits) may choose to exit the programme and be conferred with a MSocSc (Applied Social Research).

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

Programme Learning Outcomes for DSocSc (NFQ Level 10, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for MSocSc (Applied Social Research) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:


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