Taught course

Doctorate in Social Work

University of Birmingham · School of Social Policy
DSW by taught

Entry requirements

Normally a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree in social work or a relevant social science, or the successful completion of an appropriate postgraduate programme is required. Doctor of Social Work applicants would usually also have a relevant professional qualification and experience. Potential for research generally also needs to be indicated.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate inf Social Work is designed for social workers and for those wanting to undertake a professional doctorate in the field of Applied Social Studies. Its purpose is to enable those working in professional contexts to make a difference by carrying out applied or action orientated research in a variety of areas. It also facilitates organisational input on agreed research areas and can enhance organisational research capacity.

It is a professional doctorate for both UK based as well as International (EU and wider Overseas) students.

The programme comprises research training, work orientated assignments and a 50,000 word thesis demonstrating original work.

The Institute of Applied Social Studies is an internationally leading centre for research in social policy and social work. IASS, which is part of the School of Social Policy, is located in the Muirhead Tower a fully WiFi enabled, sophisticated, hi-tech learning environment. There are nine libraries supporting your learning through access to one of the biggest research library facilities in the UK. Open access computing facilities are widely available across campus.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days. Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Please visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification and course duration

DSW by taught

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005