Research course

Social Work

Institution
Brunel University, London · Health and Life Sciences
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Potential research students are encouraged to contact members of staff in the area of interest to receive guidance on how to focus the research proposal. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
Research profile
Social Work at Brunel enables graduates to make a real difference to the world around them including direct practice, community work and practice aimed at influencing social policy. The Social Work Division has particular strengths in working with the old and the young. A PhD in Social Work aims to enable someone 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.
Brunel Experts by Experience has a long and proud history at Brunel whereby service-users help the delivery of Social Work training to students and staff.
In the Division of Social Work we have members of staff who are:
  • Editor of Ageing and Society, the leading social gerontology journal in the UK
  • Editors of International Journal of Social Work, Gender and Education, Sex Education
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
  • Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Core member of the Sex Education Forum
  • Advisor on projects funded by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner
  • Convenor of the British Educational Research Association’s Sexualities Special Interest Group
  • Awarded the Ken Darby-Dowman Memorial Award for post-graduate teaching
The Division of Social Work have:
  • specialism in gerontology
  • specialism in working with children and young people
  • research with practitioners on tackling gender violence
  • commitment to anti-oppressive practice
  • service user perspectives and experiences
  • specialist researchers in gender and sexualities
Applicants are welcome to contact us about their own specialist topics and projects. However we particularly welcome proposals on
  • Anti-oppressive practice and the development of resilient practitioners
  • Children and young people’s experience of services
  • Elderly and emotional well-being
  • Sexualities and Sexual Violence
Find out more

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S); Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas).

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
College of Health and Life Sciences
Email
chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1895 268161