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  PhD opportunities in Social Work at Brunel University London


 Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

About the Programme

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

You will fit right in at Brunel University London if your Social Work research ideas are aligned with grand challenges for social work including a focus on individual and family well-being, creating a stronger social fabric, and developing a just society. Joining Brunel will align you with one of the leading providers of social work and social policy research in London, funded by high-profile organisations like the ESRC, the AHRC, Nuffield Foundation, the Rowntree Trust, the European Union, the Department for Education and Skills and the NHS. 65% of our Social Work research is world-leading or internationally excellent.

A PhD in Social Work will enable you to develop knowledge in a specialist area and offers the opportunity to make a valuable and novel contribution to knowledge in a policy, practice or educational aspect of Social Work.  

You will find supervisors in the Division of Social Work who:

  • have a specialism in gerontology and children and families
  • have a commitment to anti-oppressive practice
  • service user perspectives and experiences
  • are specialist researchers in gender and sexualities

Join our research areas:

Embodiment in Academic and Professional Practice

Develop an enhanced awareness of bodies as sensors of crucial information about ourselves and our reality. Through your research help enhancing our performance as human beings, practitioners, researchers and educators.

Interculturality for Diversity and Global Learning

Challenge conventional attitudes and practices and promotee respectful and effective intercultural communication, cross-cultural intelligence, diversity and inclusion, within a world that is increasingly interconnected digitally.

Key skills and participation in childhood

Conduct your research on key skills and participation in childhood.

Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse

Study inequalities in health and wellbeing in the UK and internationally. Focus your research on welfare, health and wellbeing. Specialise in ageing studies or health economics.

Social Justice

Explore concepts of social justice and understanding of climate change, health and wellbeing, digitalisation, poverty, conflict and inequality.

How to apply?

As a doctoral researcher, you will be welcomed to Brunel as a valued member of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities, studentship, and learn more about our research by visiting our website.

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Where is Brunel?

Brunel University London is based in Uxbridge, London – 45minutes to Central London on the Metropolitan Line – which means you have great access to the heart of this beautiful city, and yet can enjoy the safety and convenience of a suburban campus housing over 15,000 students with all you need in one place. Take a look 

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: View Website. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

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