Our MA in Social Work course is founded on good research evidence for practice, and our teaching is research-informed at all stages.

Active researchers are part of the teaching team, and there will be opportunities to engage with contemporary research and publications by our staff. Learn more about teaching and learning on the MA.

After your MA course, you may be interested in going into a research career through a postgraduate research programme.

We welcome doctoral students both from the UK and overseas, with several having successfully gained ESRC doctoral studentships to support their studies.

There have also been an increasing number of NIHR awards focusing on capacity building for research among social work practice professionals.

Learn more about our research below, or find out about our postgraduate research programmes.

Research themes

There are three main themes in social work research at Manchester.

Research partnerships

Social work staff, researchers and service user and carer partners have close affiliations with a range of research groups and organisations.