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Professional Doctorate in Social Work, DSW

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Dundee, United Kingdom
This part-time programme in Professional Doctorate in Social Work from University of Dundee is designed to be completed in four years and will be delivered through flexible and blended learning. 
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The first two years in this Professional Doctorate in Social Work programme from University of Dundee include core taught modules that all students undertaking the Professional Doctorate Programme will take together, along with transferable skills training conducted alongside other doctoral students.

Years three and four include an option module (where you may elect to undertake a practice-based intervention module), one further core module and writing of the doctoral thesis.

How you will be taught

The programme will be delivered by blended learning. You will attend face-to-face sessions on campus twice per year (January and June), for six days on each occasion. For the remainder of the time, you will engage in online teaching and learning, and self-directed study.


This programme has been designed to enhance your professional development and enable you to progress as a ‘researching professional’ within your own setting and beyond. 

To achieve this, principles of professional learning are integrated throughout the learning and teaching, including:

  • A strong emphasis on reflective practice throughout the programme.
  • Opportunities to situate learning within contexts that are familiar to you and actively facilitating you to explore interdisciplinary practice in a broader range of disciplines and contexts.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership in Professional Practice 
  • Professional Identities in a Changing World 
  • Research Methodologies for Interdisciplinarity 
  • Applied Research Methods for Strategic Tools
  • Transforming Lives through Innovation 
  • Critical Review of Literature and Practice 
  • Practice-based Consultancy Intervention 
  • Coaching 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

You must have a first or upper second class Honours degree or Masters degree or equivalent, plus 5 years professional practice experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17275 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17275 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4530 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4530 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dundee

  • 787 - 1500 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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