The Doctorate programme aims to produce a group of leading practitioners who have mastered the full range of theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for the conduct of their professional activities at the highest levels. It provides a structured taught component, which can be built on for research at thesis stage.
The DSocSci is designed to meet the needs of established professionals who require a sophisticated academic understanding of the issues affecting their field.
The DSocSci aims to equip practitioners with 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 master a range of research techniques and produce a thesis of publishable quality, based on original research.
On completion of the DSocSci you will:
have the latest and most sophisticated theoretical knowledge;
be able to apply this knowledge can be used to professional practice and critically engage with developments in your field using academic insights;
be equipped with the tools and techniques necessary to conduct and evaluate research pertinent to your professional interests
be able to contribute to academic debate in your chosen specialism (for example, human resource management, industrial relations, or labour market studies).
The DSocSci and the PhD are equivalent qualifications. 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
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.
The fee quoted below is the total fee for the PhD.
• UK/EU £19,930
• International £23,855
Tuition Fees 2020/21 entry
Tuition Fees can be paid using any of the options below:
1. Total course fee paid in full before first registration.
2. Total course fee split into 4 annual payments with first annual payment made in full before first registration.
3. Total course fee split into 12 instalments paid over the first 4 years of study. The first instalment to be paid before first registration.
A payment schedule will be sent with the offer letter.
If you are living outside of the UK/EU during your studies you will pay the International fee. For clarification please contact us.
Candidates complete eight taught modules. Modules One to Four cover key aspects of research skills and methodological training. For Modules Five to Seven, candidates select three specialist options to demonstrate their knowledge in a specific field. Module Eight is a detailed thesis proposal.
Having completed all eight modules, candidates are required to submit a thesis of 50,000 words in a field of study approved by the Doctorate Programme Board. The thesis will demonstrate your ability to apply appropriate research methodologies and to analyse issues within the field of work, employment, and learning. The thesis must contain original work and be of publishable quality.
or visit our resource centre at the Ashia Court, 7 Dr. Isert Road, North Ridge, Accra.
Minimum- Four Years
Maximum – Seven Years
February, May and October.
There are eight modules in total with five core modules and three option modules.Modules 1-4 cover research training and Modules 5-7 comprise three option modules. Once these are completed you will move on to study Module 8, the Thesis Proposal. If successful you will proceed to write the thesis (50,000 words).Please note that module content and options module availability may be subject to change.
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. Applicants will be invited for interview (face-to-face or Skype) before an offer can me made.
Applicants must meet the English language requirements. Unless you are a national of an English speaking country and/or have completed secondary or tertiary education where the medium of instruction was English, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability.
Modules 1-4 will be assessed by an assignment of 4,000 words for each module. Modules 5-7 will be assessed by an assignment of 5,000 words for each module. Module 8, the Thesis Proposal, comprises a proposal of 5,000 words and the completion of the University of Leicester online ethical approval form. If completed successfully then you will be permitted to proceed to the thesis stage of the programme where you will work in close contact with allocated supervisors.
You will be required to submit a thesis of 50,000 words in an approved field of study. The thesis will demonstrate your ability to apply appropriate research methodologies and to analyse issues within the field of work, employment and learning. The thesis must contain original work and be of publishable quality. Doctorate theses have to be defended at a viva in the presence of two examiners.
There are currently just under 100 students registered on the DSocSci with significant groups in the UK, Hong Kong, Ireland and Malta. The majority of our students are mature professionals who undertake the Doctorate programme to advance or change their career.
Applications for the DSocSci must be submitted online and should include a full research proposal:
If you have any questions about the distance learning DSocSci, contact us on 0244565928 / 0244176389, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our resource centre at the Ashia Court, 7 Dr. Isert Road, North Ridge, Accra.