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Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 48 Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

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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University of Bristol, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2024/2025 entry

Closing date. Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 12 noon (UK time). The University of Bristol and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law are delighted to be able to offer a number of fully-funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships to candidates demonstrating exceptional research potential. Read more

Postgraduate Research Studentships in Social Sciences

SENSS student-led ESRC PhD studentships. UEA is a member of the South and East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS), which is a research and doctoral training partnership funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Read more

PhD Scholarship Opportunities Available - Study Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh - School of Social and Political Science. PhD Programme (Students Worldwide). Support your PhD studies with one of our doctoral scholarships, including full tuition fees and a stipend. Read more


Suicide bereavement support, known as postvention, is a critical aspect of suicide prevention. This project will explore intervention development strategies for the design and delivery of suicide bereavement support. Read more

Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS), ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship in Social Care, Social Work and Social Policy

The Centre for Social Policy at the University of South Wales (USW) are delighted to offer fully funded Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) (ESRC DTP) studentships in Social Care, Social Work and Social Policy starting in October 2024. Read more

Wales Graduate school for the Social Sciences (WGSSS), - General Studentship 2024

Bangor University are delighted to offer fully funded Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) (ESRC DTP) studentships starting in October 2024 in the following pathway subject areas. Read more

Improving school connectedness for secondary pupils with challenging behaviour (Ref: RDF24/HLS/SWECW/GRAHAM)

This PhD studentship provides an exciting opportunity to develop and evaluate the feasibility, appropriateness and effectiveness of a recently developed school-based intervention that seeks to improve school connectedness for secondary pupils identified as having ‘challenging behaviour’. Read more

Exploring lived experiences of disability football (Ref: RDF24/HLS/SWECW/CROFT)

This exciting studentship offers an excellent opportunity to work collaboratively with community sports providers to explore participation in disability football for visually impaired and/or physically impaired adults. Read more

PhD Student Excellence Awards 2024/25 (SEA)

Under the University of Strathclyde’s JARSS Awards programme 2024/25, The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is pleased to invite applications from excellent students with original research proposals for the Student Excellence Awards (SEA) for commencing study on 1 October 2024. Read more

PhD in Business, Economics and Social Sciences – 55 doctoral positions

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim offers excellent opportunities for the most qualified students with strong quantitative skills and enthusiasm for research to pursue their doctoral degree in Business, Economics and the Social Sciences. Read more

LSE PhD studentships for 2024/25 entry

Want to know more? Ask LSE. . The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is the world's leading dedicated social science institution. Read more

Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) (ESRC DTP) general PhD studentships - School of Social Sciences

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, supported by Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) (ESRC DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully funded ESRC DTP Studentship to start in October 2024, in the areas of: . Read more

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