Social Work Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MPhil (Res)

In the School of Social Work at UEA you will be joining a thriving postgraduate research community of PhD (Doctoral) students from both the UK and overseas. Whether studying for a PhD or an MPhil, you’ll be part of a community that is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. You can be assured that your research training is being delivered in an academic department with an excellent reputation for research.


You will have your own supervisory team which plays a vital role in the development of your research project. The supervisors work closely with you throughout the period of registration. You will also join a research group with other research students, giving you a focal point for research development and peer support. In addition, you will get access to the Social Sciences Personal and Professional Development Programme for postgraduate research students. This offers training to help develop skills for your PhD studies and subsequent careers.

The School of Social Work is an internationally respected, leading academic department dedicated to excellence in research. The School is particularly distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary environment with a reputation for policy and practitioner relevant empirical research.

Recent PhD research topics include:

– Sibling connections in adoption across the life span

– Children in care and the internet

– The mothering experiences of asylum-seeking and refugee women

– Restorative justice and female offending

– Sex work and child sexual exploitation

– Effects on children of parents’ mental health problems

– Social worker’s experiences of home visits in child protection work

– Risk and decision making in social work.


Take a look at our current studentship opportunities


Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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