University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Applied Social Research

As a Doctor of Applied Social Research student in the School of Applied Social Science students follow a programme of study that allow them to develop their skills as a researcher before working with experienced supervisors on the conduct of an original piece of research; the programme is designed to change the way they think as a professional; it is expected that students are able to make a significant difference to their professional environment from the very beginning of the programme; ideas and methods from a range of disciplines are applied to their own fields of expertise.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally need the equivalent of a minimum of 2 years' appropriate professional experience. For entry onto the programme students also normally need an Honours or Master's degree in a relevant social science from a UK university or equivalent. Credit may be awarded for previous study, according to SCQF guidelines. If English is not your 1st language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL 577/233/90.

Course modules

Candidates on all pathways work together on a range of �core� research modules: The nature of social enquiry; research design and process; quantitative data analysis; qualitative data analysis; policy analysis and evaluation research Each professional pathway then offers a choice of modules to choose from: Our housing pathway includes a choice of specialist modules in policy and strategy; managing information; preventing homelessness; management and change; paying for housing; renewal and regeneration; housing health and wellbeing. Social work pathway: Risk and decision making; developing practitioner and organisational capacity; managing change and innovation; collaborative practice; health, illness and disability; crime, welfare and justice and children, families and society. Our Criminal Justice pathway: Criminological perspectives; criminalisation, social control and human rights and research methods in criminology and socio-legal studies. Dementia studies pathway: Evaluation and assessment in dementia care and researching dementia. Drug and Alcohol Studies pathway: Society, policy and practice and understanding addiction: treatment and recovery. Applied social research pathway: Comparative social research; thinking sociologically; advanced quantitative research; advanced qualitative research; strategic public relations planning; social marketing and organisational behaviour and analysis.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a thesis of approximately 45,000-55,000 words on a topic that will enhance the knowledge base in your field of practice.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Full-time £ 12,495 per Whole course (home fees) 3 years
Professional Doctorate Full-time £ 34,125 per Whole course (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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