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Fully Funded Social Work PhD Studentships

Faculty of Social Sciences

About the Programme

The School of Social Work at UEA ranks 4th in the UK for overall research, with 90% of its research ranked as ‘world-leading' or ‘internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). The School achieves this by treating its postgraduate research students as junior academics, giving them the opportunity to research at the core of active teams and make discoveries that affect the real world.

Internationally renowned, UEA is a World Top 200 university (THE World University Rankings 2020), based in Norwich, one of the UK's most historic, cultural and vibrant cities. The UEA Doctoral College supports postgrad students from the School of Social Work and beyond to create a nurturing environment that researchers can thrive in.


The following studentships are available for prospective candidates starting in 2020-21 on a full-time or a part-time basis:

Studentships will be available under these Schemes to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the UEA School of Social Work.

Deadlines for application

SeNSS DTP studentships – 18 January 2021

Faculty of Social Sciences studentships and School of Social Work School studentship – 16 April 2021

Research themes

The School's research is concentrated around a number of core themes and combine research rigour with the opportunity to have an impact in the worlds of policy and practice. The main themes are listed below, with examples of current or recent work in the School:

  • Child Protection and Family Support
  • Child Placement
  • Social Work Practice
  • Current Developments in Social Policy
  • Interdisciplinary projects

We encourage applications in these areas, but if your research interest is not mentioned here, please contact the postgraduate admissions tutor, Dr Jeanette Cossar for further discussion.

Entry requirements

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates applying for a PhD studentships should hold, or expect to hold, relevant undergraduate and Master's degrees (or equivalent) including some research experience. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold or expect to hold a relevant undergraduate degree. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language. (If you do not have a relevant Masters degree, you may be interested in UEA's MRes in Social Sciences Research Methods.)

To be considered for these awards, you should make an application for admission to a PhD (or for both a Masters and PhD, for 1+3 studentships) in the normal manner, but you should indicate that you wish to be considered for an ESRC and/or Faculty studentship in the funding section of the application form. Please contact Dr Jeanette Cossar to discuss and develop the best possible proposal and application.

Please note that there is a two-stage process for consideration for a SeNSS studentship award and if put forward by your prospective supervisor you will also need to complete an online SeNSS application form.

To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: - tel: (01603) 591709 or to access the online application form to apply for a PhD.

For further information, visit the SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership webpages.

Funding Notes

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (£15,285 for 2020-21 entry), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply for the Faculty studentships; a small number of studentships will be available to cover full international fees.  SeNSS DTP studentships are open to who meet the residency requirements set out in Annex 1 of the RCUK Training Grant Guide.

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates.

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