What’s it like to study a PhD in Social Work?
Working under the guidance of a specialist supervisor, you’ll conduct independent research, culminating in an extended dissertation that should make a substantial contribution to the field of Social Work.
Possible research areas include:
- Child protection
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health
- Gender, race, or sexuality within social work
- Domestic violence
Alongside your research, you may be encouraged or required to undertake additional training to help you develop subject knowledge and research skills specific to your research area.
Your research will likely involve a multidisciplinary approach – the field of social work draws on several other subject areas such as Psychology, Social Policy, Law and Business.
As well as engaging with secondary literature and pre-existing cases studies, you may collect primary data using methods such as focus groups, surveys and participant observation.
There are a number of advertised PhD projects in Social Work, but you also have the option of proposing your own research idea.