Research course

Social Work

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess a good first degree and usually have completed a Master’s degree. They should also have two or more years’ professional experience in a field appropriate to their chosen degree. Much of the module learning and associated assignments aim to support applied professional development and applicants are expected to have access to professional settings in a field appropriate to their doctoral degree. 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. Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Aims

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 Education 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.

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Fees and funding

UK students
Please visit the Cardiff University Postgraduate fees section on the website
International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
60-84 months

Course contact details

Mr Adriano Neri
+44 (0)29 2087 0855
+44 (0)29 2087 4175