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Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

We have 76 Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

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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ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Programme (NWSSDTP)

This project, joint with HMG's Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC), provides a unique and timely opportunity to research a strategic national policy issue. Read more

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In the. School of Sociology and Social Policy. we are passionate about research that makes a difference in society on a local, national and global level. Read more

Torture, human rights groups and community-based collaborations

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Children’s Health in Care in Scotland (CHiCS): effects of maternal health, health behaviours and early childhood health on entering care.

Care experienced children deserve the chance to live healthy lives just as everyone else. In Scotland, about 15,000 children are in care every year and recent evidence across the UK shows that they have poorer health compared to other children, including higher mortality and avoidable hospitalisations. Read more

Developing a framework of children’s human rights indicators for Scotland

Scotland is a global leader in advancing children’s human rights, currently poised to directly incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law. However, for children’s human rights to become a reality, a robust framework for children’s rights monitoring is needed. Read more

Glasgow School for Business and Society (GSBS) – Self-Funded PhD Projects

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Glasgow School for Business and Society (GSBS). The Glasgow School for Business and Society comprises of six academic departments. Read more

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