Research course

Social Work

University of Dundee · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

A first degree, preferably at Masters level, in a relevant subject. A current post, preferably in the field of study, together with substantial professional experience. Recognition of prior learning is possible for up to 40% of the degree and selection is by curriculum vitae and interview which can be done by video conference. Please see website for full entry requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Who is it for

This is a professionally based doctorate which is aimed at practitioners from a broad range of professions, both nationally and internationally, including education, social work, community learning and development, healthcare and policing whether in public, voluntary or private sector agencies.

What is it about

Such a programme of study will allow you to reflect on different elements of your professional practice and will contribute to developing evidence, practice and policy in your professional field. Whilst this doctorate does not certify competence to practice, it does provide you with an opportunity to enhance your own and others' practice.

What are the aims of the programme

The aims of the programme are:

  • to critically appraise the current evidential basis of professional theory, policy and practice;
  • to develop relevant advanced specialist research, development & dissemination skills;
  • to make a valuable and original contribution to knowledge, methodology, practice and policy;
  • which meets accepted standards of rigour and excellence;
  • and is widely disseminated.

What are the modules and how are they assessed

There are 5 modules to complete:

  • Module 1:Research Methods (delivered online);
  • Module 2: Literature Review;
  • Modules 3-5: Research project(s) consisting of approximately 15,000 words each. It can be 3 small interconnected projects, a double project plus 1, or a single large project.

Delivery of modules 2-5 takes the form of direct supervision by at least two members of University staff. Much of this can be done by email, telephone and video conferencing where necessary or on campus. There are also online fora for students to discuss issues relating to their research. These modules are presented as a thesis and assessed by oral examination at the end of the programme.

Fees and funding

This item aims to give potential students information about possible sources of funding, including sources from which current students have obtained support.

For ESWCE staff, scholarships are available. None elsewhere, Employers may fully or partially fund at their discretion.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions and Student Recruitment
+44 (0)1382 383838