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The School is a research active academic unit with a strong commitment to both applied and more theoretical research. We have a wide research profile which focuses on research on specific groups and issues, and the education and training of social professions. The quality and quantity of research undertaken is evidenced by the large number of publications disseminated from research findings. 

Grant capture in the last ten years is about €5.5 million. The School has been awarded research funding from a variety of sources including Combat Poverty, ISPCC, Royal Irish Academy, Dept. of the Taoiseach, the Higher Education Authority, HSE, the British Council, the Irish Research Council and Horizon 2020. The research is strongly aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. Socially engaged research activities such as CARL are also a cornerstone of our research output.

Our School fosters and mentors scholarship through our fourth-level programmes. Many of our doctoral students have successfully secured scholarships and subsequently go into post-doctoral research employment.

School Areas of Research Expertise

The School’s research expertise aligns to several UCC Futures research areas in particular Collective Social Futures, Sustainability, Children, Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics, Future Ageing & Brain Science, and Future Medicines.

Research Modules

PhD students in UCC may avail of modules PG6025 and SS7701 outlined below. The modules are taught by our staff.

Research Seminar Series Resources

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century


An interdisciplinary research institute for the social sciences in UCC

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Research Ethics

Applied Social Studies Research Ethics

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School of Applied Social Studies

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