Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, 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.

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

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)

Fees and funding

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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Enquiries
Email
enquiries@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1895 265599