- An honours degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject
- AND a very good MSc/MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution
- OR satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full-time.
NB In exceptional circumstances, we may consider an application from a student without both an undergraduate and post-graduate degree. For example, if they have a first/distinction and research experience.
The four-year programme is strongly recommended for anyone who:
- has not studied in the UK before;
- has not completed specific research methods training at master's level and received 'very good' grades;
- has not completed a research dissertation at master's level and received 'very good' grades;
- has not scored at least 6.5 in all areas of the IELTS (or equivalent) if English is not their first language.
For students who which to study via distance learning there are additional criteria to support effective communication, for more information please see entry requirements section.
Months of entry
January, September, April
Our PhD/MPhil Social Work programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Social Work.
This postgraduate research programme in social work gives students the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in health and social care.
We particularly welcome students from all health and social care disciplines who have an interest in exploring related subject areas.
The PhD programme of study consists of:
- High-quality supervision by two members of staff with appropriate expertise to guide the PhD applicant throughout the study ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided;
- Research and transferable skills training and support;
- Taught course units in core research methods;
- Independent study;
- An advisor to offer pastoral support.
In addition to the support and guidance of the supervision team, students will have access to a comprehensive, tailored training programme.
Students will meet with their supervisors during induction week (and the beginning of each subsequent year) to undertake a skills audit to identify their learning needs and devise an individualised training programme.
A mandatory transferable skills unit is offered that includes:
- Managing literature and searching;
- Project management;
- Research governance;
- Involving patients and the public in research;
- Ethics and academic writing.
There is also the option of additional training in research methods, completing taught master's-level units.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- +44 (0)161 275 5608