Research course

Social Work

University of East Anglia · School of Social Work

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, and a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The current research themes for supervision in social work are:

  • Child protection
  • Children in care
  • Decision making about children
  • Fostering and adoption
  • Support for vulnerable families

The School of Social Work has a long history of supervising PhD and MPhil research degrees. The School is internationally renowned for its research and teaching in social work and social policy. The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rank the School of Social Work 4th (Times Higher Education) in the country for overall research with 90% of our research ranked “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in all components). .

Fees and funding

Studentships may be available for exceptional candidates. Please see for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709