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Applied Social Research (Doctorate)

Course Description

As a Doctor of Applied Social Research student in the Faculty of Social Sciences you will follow a programme of study that will allow you to develop your skills as a researcher before working with experienced supervisors on the conduct of an original piece of research.

It is expected that many Professional Doctorate students will be supported by their organisations. The benefits to sponsoring organisations include:
-In-depth Doctoral study. Driven by an issue relevant to the continued development of the organisation.
-Generation of ideas and critical thinking.
-Development of key individuals.
-Rigorous process of learning providing depth and insight.
-Clear identifiable outputs through the process.
-Interactive and facilitative process.
-Stirling expertise in applied social science and research training.

Key information

-Degree type: Doctorate.
-Study methods: Full time, part time. Campus based.
-Start date: September/January.
-Course Director: Richard Simmons.

Course objectives

Our Professional Doctorate programme is very flexible - you are able to take a tailored pathway through your studies. Currently there are six professional pathways: Housing; Social Work; Dementia Studies; Drug and Alcohol Studies; Crime and Criminal Justice and Social Research.

In the taught components of the programme, each route allows you to work together with other professionals to build key research skills while also deepening your professional development through a range of specialist options. You will then complete an assignment based on a professional project within the workplace. This will connect your research skills and real-world experience, encouraging you to engage reflexively at an advanced level over your professional role and practice.

The thesis then provides an opportunity for advanced research on a topic of your choice.
-The Professional Doctorate programme is open to experienced executives or professionals.
-The award of Doctor of Applied Social Research is equivalent to a PhD.
-Doctoral students will demonstrate scholarship, methodological expertise, a contribution to knowledge about practice and a contribution to practice.
-Directed study for the Professional Doctorate is on a part-time basis over two or three years, followed by the Thesis.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work.

We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice.

The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

Visit the Applied Social Research (Doctorate) page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The Professional Doctorate is intended for experienced professionals; you normally need the equivalent of a minimum of two years' professional experience. For entry onto our Professional Doctorate programme you also normally need an Honours or Masters’ degree in a relevant social science from a UK university or equivalent. Credit may be awarded for previous study, according to SCQF guidelines. For overseas students applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately cannot accept your application for this course, as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online, or distance learning. See course description for further admission details.

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