Taught course

Advanced Practice and Research: Social Work and Social Care

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
PhD by taught

Entry requirements

The programme is open to experienced social care workers with a suitable Masters level qualification. The course team is happy to discuss your profile and suitability for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

This Doctoral programme provides social care practitioners, managers, educators and policy makers with the chance to develop advanced research skills rooted in their own professional experience. It takes place in a unique environment that combines high academic standards with opportunities for supervised clinical social work practice.

The course comprises of two years of ‘taught’ work and a minimum of two years applied research leading to submission of a 40,000 word doctoral thesis.

In years one and two, you will attend small reflective practice seminars focusing on direct practice as well as supervision/management or education/training. You will undertake an organisational observation and engage with theory and research around the contemporary policy environment and ‘complexity’ in social work and social care.

Research methods lectures and seminars are shared with students on other Professional Doctorate programmes, making for a rich inter-disciplinary learning experience.

By the end of year two, you will have developed a clear proposal for your research, and in subsequent years will be regularly supervised on your project by an experienced team. Research continuation seminars offer opportunities for group data analysis and problem solving, and strong peer support.

Each year you will also attend the annual Tavistock Doctoral Conference where students present work in progress, display posters, and learn from the experience of doctoral graduates.

In years one and two attendance is fortnightly for a full day. Subsequently, attendance is more flexible with research seminars three times a term and monthly individual research supervision.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Qualification and course duration

PhD by taught

part time
60 months

Course contact details

Katie Oliver
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214