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.

Please note that applicants applying for the Faculty of Social Science PhD studentships require a master degree result of at least 65% (or equivalent) overall and at least a 65% result for a dissertation or extended research element as part of that master course.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

In the School of Social Work at UEA you will be joining a thriving postgraduate research community of PhD (Doctoral) students from both the UK and overseas. Whether studying for a PhD or an MPhil, you’ll be part of a community that is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. You can be assured that your research training is being delivered in an academic department with an excellent reputation for research.

You will have your own supervisory team which plays a vital role in the development of your research project. The supervisors work closely with you throughout the period of registration. You will also join a research group with other research students, giving you a focal point for research development and peer support. In addition, you will get access to the Social Sciences Personal and Professional Development Programme for postgraduate research students. This offers training to help develop skills for your PhD studies and subsequent careers.

The School of Social Work is an internationally respected, leading academic department dedicated to excellence in research. The School is particularly distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary environment with a reputation for policy and practitioner relevant empirical research.

Recent PhD research topics include:

– Sibling connections in adoption across the life span

– Children in care and the internet

– The mothering experiences of asylum-seeking and refugee women

– Restorative justice and female offending

– Sex work and child sexual exploitation

– Effects on children of parents’ mental health problems

– Social worker’s experiences of home visits in child protection work

– Risk and decision making in social work.

Information for international students

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

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