Taught course

Community Social Care Policy and Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Social Work, Care and Community
DProf by taught

Entry requirements

A minimum of two years professional experience within your chosen field, plus a minimum of a BA/BSc (honours) degree 2.2 or above or international equivalence. International students are also required to prove their abilities in written English.

Months of entry


Course content

This course has embraced a totally unique method of doctoral study, as it is the first within the UK to deliver totally online doctoral study in the fields of community development and social work and allied professions. It allows busy practitioners to remain in their chosen professions whilst developing doctoral research skills.

The online nature of this course will enable the student to have access to highly influential professorial staff who are international experts within their chosen field whilst remaining at home. The use of interactive methods will allow students to develop their own supportive research community throughout their doctoral studies.

Do you want to?

  • Understand how research works
  • Learn how to actually understand and undertake research
  • Work towards becoming a published expert within your own profession both nationally and internationally
  • Have a greater understanding of how ethical and political considerations impacts upon research, and your chosen field

Do you want to develop research skills to?

  • Empower communities and individuals
  • Have the recognition and status to assist others to effect change
  • Build on your existing experience and strengths

Are you interested in developing the requisite skills to make sense of the social world within which your profession operates? If so the course will provide you with expert support and supervision throughout from a selected supervisory team. The use of online lectures, discussion groups’ and one to one supervision will support and guide you towards the completion of your doctoral thesis.

Programme at a glance

Year 1

  • SW4800 - Themes and Perspectives in Social Research
  • SW4801 - Doing Social Research
  • SW4802 - Developing Research Skills in Social Care

Year 2

  • SW4803 - Statistical and Quantitative Analysis in Community Practice
  • SW4804 - Designing & Planning Your Research Project: Methods & Methodology
  • SW4712 - Responding to Contemporary Issues in Social Work and Social Care

Year 3 - 7

  • SW5800 - Doctoral Thesis (50,000 words)

Learning environment and assessment

This course utilises online tools to produce a rich and productive learning environment. The taught element takes place over the first two years and assists students to learn the underpinning knowledge and research skills necessary to complete a doctoral thesis and become an established research professional.


This doctoral qualification will assist students to move into academia or professional research as well as increasing their status within their existing professional field. Doctoral qualifications are recognised internationally and should assist students to progress in their chosen field wherever they are in the world.

Information for international students

See website for details.

Fees and funding

UK students
Years 1 & 2 UK/EU £1,575 per year // Thesis stage year 3-7 UK/EU £2,000
International students
Year 1 & 2 Non EU international £1,875 // Thesis stage year 3-7 Non EU international £4,000

See website for details.

Qualification and course duration

DProf by taught

part time
84 months
distance learning
84 months

Course contact details

Stephen Gethin-Jones
+44 (0)1772 892400