Award Type and NFQ level : PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE (10)

CAO/PAC code : MHB06

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2019

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The Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) 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.

The DSocSc programme is designed to:

1. 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.

2. 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.

October 2016

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.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

The programme is structured around four years combining 6/8 campus based modules (3/4 days duration) in Years 1 and 2 with a smaller number of blocks in Years 3 and 4. Each block workshop consists of taught seminars, small group work, self directed learning, individual and small group tutorials. Participants is expected to participate in online learning in between block modules. Students are required to complete coursework relating to the taught modules in Years 1 and 2 and undertake a Doctoral thesis of 50,000 word approx in Years 3 and 4.


Course Duration: 4 years full time combining block modules on the MU campus with distance learning

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.

Online application only

PAC code

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

We would particularly welcome expressions of interest prior to the closing date.

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed.

Two references (one professional and one academic)

A personal statement outlining reasons for wanting to undertake the DSocSc

A sample of recent writing (report, article, etc)

Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Applicants will be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.

We would particularly welcome expressions of interest prior to the closing date. Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level


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