Social Work Overview
Year of entry: 2017
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- Degree awarded
- Doctor of Philosophy
- PhD 3 years, MPhil
- Entry requirements
- An honours degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject
- OR a very good MSc/MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution
- OR satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full-time.
The four-year programme is strongly recommended for anyone who:
- has not studied in the UK before;
- has not completed specific research methods training at master's level and received 'very good' grades;
- has not completed a research dissertation at master's level and received 'very good' grades;
- has not scored at least 6.5 in all areas of the IELTS (or equivalent) if English is not their first language.
- Contact email
- Contact telephone
- +44 (0)161 275 5608
- How to apply
On the online application form select PhD Social Work for the 3 year programme, or the relevant PT/DL options.
You can also contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions team for more information.
The deadlines for complete applications for September 2017 entry are:
- Friday 16 June 2017 for international applicants
- Monday 21 July 2017 for home applicants
Early application is advisable.
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This postgraduate research programme in social work gives students the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in health and social care.
We particularly welcome students from all health and social care disciplines who have an interest in exploring related subject areas.
3-year PhD (FT, PT, FT Distance Learning, PT Distance Learning options)
The PhD programme of study consists of:
- high-quality supervision by two members of staff with appropriate expertise to guide the PhD applicant throughout the study ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided;
- research and transferable skills training and support;
- taught course units in core research methods;
- independent study;
- an advisor to offer pastoral support.
In addition to the support and guidance of the supervision team, students will have access to a comprehensive, tailored training programme.
Students will meet with their supervisors during induction week (and the beginning of each subsequent year) to undertake a skills audit to identify their learning needs and devise an individualised training programme.
A mandatory transferable skills unit is offered that includes:
- managing literature and searching;
- project management;
- research governance;
- involving patients and the public in research;
- ethics and academic writing.
There is also the option of additional training in research methods, completing taught master's-level units.
For students interested in taking a foundation year, please see the 4 year PhD Social Work programme .
Other training and development
All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).
The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.
The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.
See the training and development page for more information.
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:
- PhD (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £4,800
International students (per annum): £17,000
- PhD (part-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £2,400
International students (per annum): £8,500
- PhD (full-time distance learning)
UK/EU students: £4,800
International students: £17,000
- PhD (part-time distance learning)
UK/EU students: £2,400
International students: £8,500
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