Research course

Social Policy and Social Work

University of York · Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Entry requirements

You will be normally expected to hold an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree, although if you have other relevant experience, you can discuss your options with the Director of the Graduate School. If you wish to pursue research on a social work topic, you should also have a good background in social work theory and practice. Likewise, if you wish to do research in social policy, you should have a firm background in the subject. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our postgraduate programmes draw on research excellence and expertise in social policy, social work and public management.

Our PhD/MPhil programme is supported by a commitment to an international standard of research. We welcome applications for research degrees in all areas of social policy and social work.

Supervision available in the following areas:

  • crime, criminal justice;
  • demography;
  • disability studies;
  • employment, unemployment and the workforce;
  • environment;
  • e-social policy;
  • families, children and young people;
  • gender and ethnicity;
  • governance, delivery and evaluation of public policies;
  • health policy and provision;
  • housing, homelessness and urban regeneration;
  • inter-professional and inter-agency working;
  • older people;
  • poverty and income protection;
  • quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods;
  • social exclusion and inclusion;
  • social work practice;
  • violence and abuse.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 321234