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Social Policy, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) Swansea, United Kingdom
What human beings need and how societies meet those needs is at the heart of social policy. Research of the Social Policy programme at Swansea University addresses key contemporary social issues from national and international perspectives, examining themes such as social justice, equality, fairness, and citizenship.
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Overview

Studying for a PhD in Social Policy gives you the opportunity to pursue in depth your own personal or professional research interests in this wide-ranging field, which encompasses such diverse policy areas as health, education, housing, disability, crime, poverty, and the family.

Over the course of your studies, you will develop and enhance transferable skills such as problem solving, project management, and critical thinking that are valued in any professional setting. We have a strong record in providing postgraduate research provision and welcome proposals on topics across the field.

Supervision

 Key features of the Social Policy programme at Swansea University include:

  • An environment in which you can develop and enhance transferable skills such as problem-solving, independent thinking, project management, and critical thinking.
  • The support of two academic supervisors throughout your studies.
  • The availability of structured training, interdisciplinary seminars, dedicated research facilities and software from both the College and University.
  • Support from a dynamic community of research staff and students each pursuing their own lines of research.
  • Assessment by means of a thesis of up to 100,000 words which must demonstrate the student’s capacity to pursue original research and should represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject. This is then followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended

Programme Structure

Specialist interests include 

  • older people; 
  • disability; 
  • children; 
  • families; 
  • inequality; 
  • social justice;
  • Welsh policy; 
  • well-being; 
  • bereavement; 
  • housing; 
  • advocacy; 
  • professional ethics; 
  • co-production, 
  • the promotion of 'independent living'

English Language Requirements

  • 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:

    570

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • As part of your application you should include a research proposal outlining your proposed topic of study. You can expect to be interviewed following your application to discuss your topic of research and to demonstrate the necessary level of commitment to your studies and training.
  • To apply for the PhD programme you would need to have, or be studying for a Master’s degree
  • We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 in each component). 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Swansea

  • 727 - 1380 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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