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Course summary

Our PhD/MPhil Social Work programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Social Work. This postgraduate research programme in social work gives you the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in health and social care. We particularly welcome students from all health and social care disciplines who have an interest in exploring related subject areas. 4-year PhD (full time and full time distance learning options only) This is a four year PhD programme for students who:

  • have not previously studied research methods
  • have studied research methods but not in the UK
  • have limited English language skills
  • have not completed a master's degree.
In this programme, the first year is a foundation year designed to prepare you for the following three years of the PhD programme. This will include completing taught research methods units from our MRes in Health & Social Care , developing a research proposal with your supervision team and English language tuition (if English is not your first language). We also offer a standard three year PhD programme (as well as MPhil ) for students who do not need to do the foundation year. Special features All of our postgraduate research programmes are also available by distance learning. This innovative option is aimed at students who are generally unable to be present on campus, but have the desire, potential, time and resources to undertake a PhD. This option does include attendance at an annual on-campus, intensive study week where you meet supervisors and fellow students. If you meet the additional entry requirements (see the Entry requirements section), and wish to apply to study via distance learning, please ensure that this is clearly indicated on the application form. The four-year PhD programme can be only be completed on a full time basis. Training and development All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD). The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy. The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.


Entry requirements

We require: An honours degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject and a very good MSc/MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution or satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full-time.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Fees for entry in 2023 have not yet been set.
Social Work (4 years) at University of Manchester - UCAS