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  Fully Funded Social Work PhD Studentships

  Faculty of Social Sciences

 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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 2022), 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 School of Social Work accepts research students to start on 1 October, 1 February and 1 June.

Research themes

We are a top tier, research-led university and are committed to making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society. Our postgraduate researchers have opportunities to work at the heart of active research teams, challenging boundaries and making real advances.

Staff research interests in Social Work include:

  • Child protection
  • Children and families in adoption
  • Children in care
  • Social work decision making
  • Social work with people with mental health problems
  • Support for vulnerable families
  • Young people and crime

Working closely with an academic supervisor gives you the support to carry out your own independent research and make your own mark. We have a wealth of remarkable academics, but how do you know which team will be right for you?

We suggest you look at the School's website, check out some academics and read up on some of their publications. We recommend that you identify at least one member of staff at UEA who might be your supervisor and that you contact them, to express your interest and discuss your research proposal.

You will need to submit a research proposal of no more than 2000 words with your application.

Find out more on the Social Work web pages.

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 (£15,609 for 2022-2023 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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