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Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

We have 10 Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

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We have 10 Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

PhD in Social Work

A PhD in Social Work is an opportunity to conduct original research that will improve our understanding of the field – and help improve the practice of social care. You might explore, for example, the efficacy of a specific intervention, or the experience of a particular demographic in accessing social services.

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.

PhD in Social Work Entry Requirements

The most common entry requirement for PhD programmes in Gender Studies is an upper second-class Bachelors degree and a Masters degree at Merit level, both in a relevant discipline. Some programmes may set a 2:1 undergraduate degree alone as a minimum requirement, but bear in mind that applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and additional qualifications with often be an advantage.

PhD in Social Work Funding

The UK Research Council responsible for funding PhDs in Socioeconomics is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It provides fully funded studentships that include coverage of your tuition fees, along with a stipend to cover living expenses.

Some advertised PhDs will have studentships attached. Students proposing their own research project may be able to apply for a studentship after being accepted onto the programme. If you are already working within the field, you may be able to get funding from your employer.

Full studentships are extremely competitive, so it’s likely you’ll need to cover at least some of your PhD costs independently. You could do this through applying for the UK government’s doctoral loan, part-time employment alongside your studies or support from charities or trusts.

PhD in Social Work Careers

Many PhD graduates in Social Work will pursue a career in research and continue making contributions to the field which will ultimately improve practice. An undergraduate or Masters degree in Social Work is required for those wishing to practice in the field – it’s likely that you’ll already have obtained one of these qualifications by the time you apply for a PhD. In this case, you might wish to continue a career in practice, potentially alongside academic research.

Your PhD will equip you with the skills necessary to be successful in plenty of other fields, however, such as social policy or human resources.

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PhD opportunities in Social Work at Brunel University London

Make a lasting difference. Confront policy and practice which uphold an unjust system. We'll support you while you support our communities. Read more

The impact of Covid-19 on older individuals: A call for Gerontological Social Work (GSW)

The proposed project aims to explore how Covid-19 and the associated measures – particularly quarantine measures – have impacted on the lived experiences of older individuals, and based on that, how Gerontological Social Work (GSW) can lend its specialist skills and knowledge to responding to the many challenges arisen from these experiences. Read more

PhD opportunities in Computer Science for Social Good

Focus your research on investigating and developing new ways and innovative technologies to address challenging socio-economic problems. Read more

Scholarships available for SECReT: The International Training Centre for Security and Crime Related Research Degrees

UCL's Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (UCL SECReT) was founded in 2009 with £17m of funding and support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK) and an array of public and private sector organisations working in crime reduction security and law enforcement. Read more

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

PhD. 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time. MPhil. 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time. Entry Requirements. An honours degree [2:1 or above] or equivalent overseas qualification. Read more

Institute for Design Innovation Research

PhD. 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time. MPhil. 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time. Entry Requirements. An honours degree [2:1 or above] or equivalent overseas qualification. Read more

Institute for Sport Business Research

PhD. 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time. MPhil. 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time. Entry Requirements. An honours degree [2:1 or above] or equivalent overseas qualification. Read more

Exploring Mediated Forms of Sexual Commerce

The student is invited to investigate forms of postmodern sexual commerce that have come into existence since the inception of the internet. Read more

The impacts of systemic violence on the Traveller community

This is a criminology based PhD looking at the impacts of systemic violence in terms of increased marginalisation and criminalisation of the Traveller community. Read more
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