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Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 60 Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

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We have 60 Social Work PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships 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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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

Applications are now closed, however a number of individual projects may be advertised from the Spring. We are seeking up to 15 talented and enthusiastic students to join the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in September 2023. Read more

Mapping the potential for trauma—informed care for individuals referred to palliative care services

Improving palliative care services to help people who are dying is an important aim of current UK policy. However palliative care services are not currently benefitting from one of the most influential ways of providing health care. Read more

Exploring multiple perspectives on trauma-informed care for women experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage

The project is based in a third sector organisation supporting women who experience severe and multiple disadvantage. It is a mixed methods case study design and will explore multiple perspectives on trauma-informed care using a range of predominantly qualitative approaches. Read more

Examining men’s experiences of being victims of sexual offences during military service and scrutinising the military response in the UK.

This PhD presents an important opportunity to gather novel insights into men’s experiences as victims of sexual violence in the UK armed forces, as well as their accounts of the reporting process, military response, and their experience of the service justice system [SJS]. Read more

School of East Asian Studies PhD Opportunities

The University is rated in the top 100 by the QS World University Rankings, priding itself on research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Sociology and Social Policy

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

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Law

The. School of Law. fosters and promotes research in all major fields of legal study. Our research explores contemporary issues across the fields of law and criminal justice, informing policy and practice on a national and international level. Read more

Scholarships available for SECReT: The International Training Centre for Security and Crime Related Research Degrees

 UCL's Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (UCL SECReT) was founded in 2009 with £17m of funding and support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK) and an array of public and private sector organisations working in crime reduction security and law enforcement. Read more

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - Fully-Funded PhD studentship opportunities 2023

 . Fully and Partly Funded PhD studentship opportunities. At the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit we are looking to develop highly skilled researchers and are offering studentships across our research programmes, starting October 2023. Read more

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - Relationships and Health programme

Relationships and Health programme. Fully and Partly Funded PhD studentship opportunities. At the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit we are looking to develop highly skilled researchers and are offering studentships across our research programmes, starting October 2023. Read more

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - Places and Health programme

Places and health programme. Fully and Partly Funded PhD studentship opportunities. At the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit we are looking to develop highly skilled researchers and are offering studentships across our research programmes, starting October 2023. Read more

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