Our Applied Social Research Doctorate is designed to transform the way you think as a professional and ensure you can make a powerful impact in your field.
If you’re an experienced professional who wants to advance your expertise and broaden your career opportunities, this course is an ideal match. From the outset, you’ll gain high-quality research skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace and refined through access to seminars and advanced training opportunities. You’ll also benefit from the guidance of our expert staff and your interaction with fellow professionals and executives from a range of social science backgrounds.
The course is highly flexible and attendance is kept to a minimum to ensure you can fit your studies around your career. You’ll also have the opportunity to fine-tune your Doctorate based on your profession – choosing one of six pathways:
- social work
- criminal justice
- dementia studies
- drug and alcohol studies
- social research
Ultimately, you’ll acquire skills that bring you up-to-date with the latest ideas, findings and research methods in your field, all of which you can feed back into optimising the workplace and taking decisive actions that improve services and advance your career.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 Tailor your course by choosing one of six professional pathways
#2 Work while you study and put your new expertise into practice
#3 Study large components of the course online for maximum flexibility
This course is designed to enhance the way you think as a professional and give you the research skills you need to make a genuine impact on your working environment. We’ll bring you up-to-date with the latest ideas, findings and methods in your field, challenging assumptions and changing how you think about the relationship between research, scholarship and expertise. You’ll be encouraged to look at new ideas about systems, how decisions are made and how to design the professional environment so that you can see, understand, evaluate, plan and take action with maximum speed and efficiency.
As well as equipping you with foundational insights into research processes through six core modules, you’ll also home in on a speciality area via a range of pathway options. These pathways ensure your qualification matches the specific demands of your professional role or your career ambitions, and include:
This pathway includes a choice of specialist modules in Providing Housing Services; Sustainable Communities; Organisational Behaviour; Delivering Affordable Housing; Housing Governance; Healthy Housing.
Our Social Work pathway includes a choice of specialist modules in Understanding Children and Young People's needs; Understanding Children and Young People's Needs; Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People; and several others.
The Criminal Justice pathway includes a choice of specialist modules in Criminological Perspectives; Criminalisation, Social Control and Human Rights and Research Methods in Criminology and Socio-legal Studies.
This pathway includes a choice of specialist modules in Evaluation and Assessment in Dementia Care and Researching Dementia.
Drug and Alcohol Studies
Our Drug and Alcohol Studies pathway includes a choice of specialist modules in Understanding Addiction: Society, Policy and Practice and Understanding Addiction: Treatment and Recovery.
Applied Social Research
The Applied Social Research pathway includes a choice of specialist modules in Comparative Social Research; Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research.
We’re part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences and our research training is accredited as part of the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre.
Choose the professional pathway that’s right for you with a host of optional modules in six diverse fields.
The core modules give you the opportunity to build high-quality research skills and learn from each other’s experiences as professionals. Each professional pathway then offers a choice of modules from which two may be selected to tailor your own course.
Teaching methods are adapted to suit the aims of each module, and include lectures, seminars, computer-based workshops and group work. There are many opportunities for discussion and feedback from peers and teaching staff. At the thesis stage, you’ll have two supervisors, with the Principal Supervisor having expertise in your chosen area of interest. In addition, you’ll also have access to courses, seminars and development opportunities offered by Stirling Graduate Research School (SGRS) and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences, including advanced training and summer school programmes.
You’ll be assessed through a variety of different methods, including coursework essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, research papers, conference posters, group project reports and oral presentations.
For the convenience of part-time students, attendance for each of the “core” Applied Social Research modules is concentrated into either three or four one-day blocks. The professional modules are also designed for part-time students, with several being offered online (Housing and Dementia Studies). On-campus attendance is kept to a minimum.
Richard Simmons, Course Director
+44 (0)1786 466314
Full course fee£14,150
Full time students annual fee (charged years 1-3)£4,717
Part time students annual fee (charged years 1-5)£2,830
Full course fee£15,565
Full time students annual fee (charged years 1-3)£5,189
Part time students annual fee (charged years 1-5)£3,113
Full course fee£39,950
Full time students annual fee (charged years 1-3) £13,317
Part time students annual fee (charged years 1-5) £7,990
Full course fee£43,945
Full time students annual fee (charged years 1-3) £14,649
Part time students annual fee (charged years 1-5) £8,789
About the School
At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.