Research course

Health, Social Work and Social Care

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Qualifications
PhD

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care has a strong track record in applied health and social care research. We are funded by the Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC), the National Institute for Health Research and a wide range of trusts, charities and commercial organisations. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 69 per cent of our research submitted in the Social work and social policy category was judged to be world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 73 per cent of our research was assessed as 4* or 3* for impact and 75 per cent for research environment.

Our research is organised into five distinct research themes: Ageing and later life; Children, young people, parenting and families; Death, dying and bereavement; Living with disability and long-term conditions; and Reproduction, sexualities and health. All our staff work within, or across, these themes. Across the research themes there is a particular interest in the:

  • role of innovative methodologies for health and social care research;
  • study of normative/non-normative life-course trajectories, and the impact of these on experiences of health, care and wellbeing.

The School is committed to making a difference to health and social care practice and works in partnership with the stakeholders of research in all of our activities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Graduate School
Email
research-degrees-office@open.ac.uk