Doctoral Research

With a range of internationally recognised scholars, the Department of Social Work and Social Care accepts postgraduate research students from across the globe. We particularly welcome research proposals connected to our themes, but we are also happy to consider proposals outside these areas, given the wide-ranging interests of academics within the Department.   

Our approach is interdisciplinary, with collaborations across the College of Social Sciences, and the wider University, including College of Arts and Law and College of Medical and Dental Sciences. 

Find out more about our research degrees

  • MA Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice) - this research orientated MA enables those working in social care/health/welfare/public services/teaching etc to develop research methods skills and undertake a research project of interest to them or their workplace (dissertation 12,000 words).
  • Social Work and Social Care MPhil/Phd - The PhD is a traditional postgraduate research programme, centred on an independent research project (80,000 words) under supervision. It can be studied full or part-time.
  • Doctor of Social Work PhD - a professional doctorate involves a taught element to enable those working in professional contexts to make a difference by undertaking research that is practice-orientated (50,000 words).

 Find out some of the postgraduate research being undertaken in the School of Social Policy.