An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a social science or other relevant discipline or an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject and a Masters degree in social work or a professional qualification in social work and substantial relevant experience AND evidence of ability to benefit from the programme demonstrated through a personal statement NB: a professional social work qualification is NOT a requirement for admission to the programme.
Months of entry
Social work, both in the UK and internationally, has been defined as a profession that ‘promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance social justice.’ Accordingly, social work takes a variety of forms and engages with a broad range of individuals, groups and communities. The scope of social work research is equally broad and requires researchers to be aware of, and able to engage with a variety of disciplines in a range of settings, often working alongside those with different ideas of what social work and social work research are and what each is intended to achieve.
Social work research, in other words, does not simply concern the work of social workers. It may also be concerned, for example, with programmes of community development in the context of poverty or interventions to tackle domestic violence and programmes for young offenders. It may focus on the needs of a particular group, for example children with disabilities or people with severe and long term mental illness, whether or not they receive social work services. It may draw on theories and research methods from any of the social sciences, including economics, law and philosophy.
This programme is designed to build on the links between research and practice in a range of settings in developing the particular skills and capacities needed by practice-based professionals and postgraduate students interested in carrying out social work and social care research.
This programme does not include practical training in social work and does not lead to a professional qualification in social work. If you want to study for a qualification in social work practice, please see the MSc in Social Work
Information for international students
Fees and funding
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
- +44 (0) 117 954 6785