Ph.D. On Campus

Social Policy and Social Work

University of York

36 months
18900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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You will be part of a Graduate School with other doctoral students from across the globe, becoming part of a vibrant research community. The Social Policy and Social Work programme is offered at the University of York.


Key Features

You will belong to the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) with its extended networks and training events. Students are given access to desk space and computing facilities at the Research Centre for the Social Sciences (RCSS), which is a hub for interdisciplinary research and postgraduate life in the social sciences at York. 

Social Policy and Social Work students at the University of York may be eligible to apply for a scholarship or bursary: the Department is often successful in securing ESRC scholarships for our PhD applicants.

There are opporunities for paid teaching in the Department and the University: Graduate Teaching Assistants receive support to gain accredited teaching qualifications.

Programme Structure

We are able to offer supervision in a wide range of areas, largely focused around the following topics: 

  • Childhood, youth and family
  • Housing
  • Welfare and poverty
  • Mental health
  • Comparative and global social policy
  • Health and social care
  • Crime

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General 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 Professor Christine Skinner.
  • 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. 
  • Applicants are expected to have a good grounding in research methods.
  • In addition to the materials set out by postgraduate admissions you will be required to submit a research proposal of up to 3,000 words.
  • Please note that potential supervisors are unable to comment on proposals prior to submission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU Part-time: £9,450

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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