Research course

Social Policy and Social Work

University of Warwick · Centre for Lifelong Learning

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Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject; a Masters level degree in Social Policy, Sociology or other cognate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This PhD provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research in the field of adult education and lifelong learning. In recent years as societies have undergone social, political and economic changes adult education and lifelong learning has become an important aspect of the education sector. Adult education and lifelong learning encompasses a wide range of learning situations from informal through to formal education.

Staff research interests fall into the following areas:

  • gender violence, child abuse, safety and well-being
  • ‘race’, ethnicity and migration
  • political participation, civic engagement, policy
  • men, masculinity, health

Areas for PhD supervision

Education (with a focus on Adult Education in FE/HE and Early Years settings); Lifelong Learning, community education and informal learning.

Social policy and social work (with a focus on domestic violence, child abuse, safety and well-being; men, masculinity and health; migration, race and ethnicity; political and civic engagement).

Theoretical Enquiry: Class; Coaching; Counselling; Employability and Childhood; Ethnicity; Gender; Inequality; Social Justice.

Information for international students

English Language requirement: IELTS 7.0, Band B. For more guidance on English language requirements please visit this page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,347 (full-time)
International students
£17,900 (full-time)

For more information on funding please visit our Postgraduate fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    36-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585