Research course

Social and Public Policy

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Qualified to Masters level in a discipline relevant to studies in education, health studies, social work or social and public policy and at least two years’ appropriate professional experience. A score of 600 on TOEFL (250 on computer-based marking) or band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language, or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

Months of entry


Course content

Professional Doctorates aim to integrate academic and professional knowledge in new ways. A professional doctorate is designed to develop the capabilities of individuals to work within a professional context. In Cardiff School of Social Sciences we offer an integrated professional doctorate scheme within which education, health and social work professionals work together for some of the taught modules. The unique interprofessional learning allows students to reflect on both what is shared across professional boundaries and what is distinctive to their own occupational traditions.

The Professional Doctorate in Social and Public Policy is aimed at managers, trainers and a wide range of practitioners. It offers the opportunity to examine leading edge theories and research evidence in order to understand the social context of social work interventions and the impact they have on people’s lives.

The Professional Doctorate is a part-time programme which combines eight taught modules and a research thesis.

Full details of the course structure and entry requirements can be found on our website:

Qualification and course duration


full time
60-84 months

Course contact details

Adriano Neri da Silva
+44 (0)29 2087 0855