Research course

Social Work

The University of Manchester · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

For the PhD, either: An honours degree (minimum 2:1) degree, or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject An MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution Satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full time. For the MPhil, either: An honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject. A relevant postgraduate qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme provides students with transferable skills in research and serves as the foundation for a career as an investigator and scholar. Students have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars in innovative research making a difference in people's lives and in healthcare. Three core concerns underpin social work research at Manchester:
A critical interrogation of the relationship between policy and practice. Theory building and analysis which may not relate overtly or directly to social work, but addresses issues of social justice and marginalisation.
The practice of social work and social care within multi-professional, interdisciplinary and integrated service contexts.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold IELTS 6.5, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component, TOEFL 600 paper based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0) or 250 computer based or GCSE English grade C.

Fees and funding

Candidates should contact the School as early as possible for information about and to apply for funding. As it takes time to secure funding please apply for the programme and funding concurrently. The School receives funding for research from Research Councils (MRC/ESRC), Charities and the Department of Health.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
36-72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 306 0270