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. 

The Department offers three different postgraduate research routes:

  • MPhil:  This involves an independent research project (60,000) words under supervision and is undertaken over a shorter period than the full PhD.   
  • 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.  
  • Doctorate in Social Work (DSW): This doctorate involves a taught element and is designed to be compatible with professional practice and part-time study.

Find out more about our research degrees

Download a list of projects currently being supervised by staff in the Department (PDF)