Social Work, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13800
    Tuition (Year)
    4121
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #41 ,
The PhD in Social Work is one of our central activities, alongside our research and teaching at qualifying and post-qualifying levels: the BSc Social Work, the Master of Social Work and PG certificates in Adult Protection and Mental Health Social Work. PhD students come to study at Edinburgh from all over the world, and carry out their fieldwork in Scotland and overseas. They may also be local practitioners and managers who have taken the decision to undertake PhD study, often closely related to their workplace or particular cause for concern.

About

Our community of graduate students is diverse, encompassing students who may be studying on a full or part-time basis. We currently have 18 registered PhD students at various stages in their studies, each making their own contribution to the subject's thriving research environment. If you would like to find out more about the topics currently being undertaken by PhD students, please check the students' profile pages where you will find a growing presence of PhD projects.

Financial support is available from a variety of sources, external and internal. You can find information about the application process on our Funding Opportunities page and on the Graduate School of Social Science.

The first year of higher degree study is designed to ensure that all research students are given a good grounding in research methods. Students undertake training in a combination of quantitative and qualitative skills and research design. These courses together with a specific social work course (Advanced Issues in Social Work Research) and others selected in relation to the research topic, form the bulk of study. At the end of the first year, students submit a dissertation in the form of an extended research proposal.

Supervisors are central to PhD work. All PhD students in Social Work are supported by two academic supervisors, one of whom may be based in another discipline in the University. To find out more about the research interests of staff members, please look at the staff profiles on the Social Work website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

  • The first year of higher degree study is designed to ensure that all research students are given a good grounding in research methods. Students undertake training in a combination of quantitative and qualitative skills and research design.
  • These courses together with a specific social work course (Advanced Issues in Social Work Research) and others selected in relation to the research topic, form the bulk of study. At the end of the first year, students submit a dissertation in the form of an extended research proposal.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In addition to the School's and University's requirements (especially with regards to language skills, past academic undergraduate record and references), Social Work attaches considerable importance to:

  • The applicant's background, both academic and professional/practice.
  • The research proposal of about 1,000 words. This should:
  • indicate clearly the question/issue/topic which the applicant wishes to pursue;
  • provide a general background for the proposal (why is that question important? What is the existing literature on the topic? What is the gap which your research aims to fill?);
  • set out the methodology to be used for the research in relation to data creation and data analysis;
  • indicate why you are particularly well suited to carry out this particular research (for example, show why your past studies and/or professional experience are particularly relevant to your project, etc.)

Student Visa

Students from United States of America need a visa in order to study in the United Kingdom.
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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13800 International
  • GBP 4121 EU/EEA

Social Work (PhD) (Part-time) - 6 Years

  • Home/EU:£2,061
  • Overseas:£6,900

Funding

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