University of Chichester

Degree level: Postgraduate

Social Policy (including Social Work, Social Care and Early Childhood Studies) (Research)

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Course summary

The research degree programme aims to provide students with an outstanding learning experience in a supportive community of learning. The Social Policy subject area is known nationally and internationally for excellence in research and teaching and all staff are engaged in conducting their own research. Information on staff research interests and achievements can be found on the Departmental web pages below. As a PhD student with us you will be a part of a vibrant active group of researchers of all ages in the centre for workforce development. Students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds in the public, voluntary and private sector including healthcare, education, childhood studies, social work and social care. As a doctoral student you can enjoy your learning through participating in departmental fortnightly research events, expert seminars, a student forum held monthly and a quarterly student research summit. This is in addition to University wide activity. Our students are supported to build their research profiles in order to present at conferences and to write journal articles as they proceed with their doctoral studies. Our supervisory teams are multi-disciplinary and all supervisors are active researchers in their subject field and / or in methodology. http://www.chi.ac.uk/department-social-work-social-care https://www.chi.ac.uk/department-childhood-social-work-social-care/centre-workforce-development Professor Janet McCray leads the development of research in the Social Policy subject area. Based in the Department of Childhood, Social Work and Social Care. Janet is responsible for ensuring the delivery of the Departmental Research having gained support from internal and external stakeholders. A key part of this leadership in the University of Chichester has been the development and sustainment of team based research and consultancy activity. This has resulted in the winning of a number of key contracts with public sector clients (NHS and Local Authority) to deliver bespoke accredited leadership development, but also to support other research activity, research supervision and bidding. Janet has published over 30 academic papers, a book and many book chapters. As a PhD supervisor she has supported traditional and professional doctorate students to success and has examined students undertaking both routes. Her leadership has built an effective and positive research culture for social policy with a programme of events and support in which Doctoral and Post-Doctoral participants can flourish. Professor McCray’s research includes the development of a conceptual framework for inter-professional leadership in health and social care ( McCray, 2004 ) its further rolling out and review ( McCray, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012 ) Resilience in Practice (McCray, 2012,2014,2015, 2016) and research into action learning with Doctors in the NHS (2015,2016, 2018 ). Her research focusses on supporting organisational, team and individual practitioner development, and enabling employees in health, social care and education to evaluate and reflect on their own position as a leader of others and provider and facilitator of care and or education in a constantly changing environment. Janet’s current students are undertaking research into the NHS, Adult Social Care, Palliative Care, Social Work, Education and the Voluntary sector.

Assessment method

The award is assessed through submission of a written thesis or equivalent for practice based disciplines and an oral examination with a panel of examiners (viva voce). The viva is optional for MPhil.


Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in a relevant subject.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With no element lower than 5.5
PTE Academic58
TOEFL (iBT)89

For more detail about our English language requirements, including details of the University's Summer Pre-Sessional English language courses, see our website.

https://www.chi.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4820 Year 1
EU £15088 Year 1
England £4820 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4820 Year 1
Scotland £4820 Year 1
Wales £4820 Year 1
Channel Islands £4820 Year 1
International £15088 Year 1

Additional fee information

Nominal Registration (Writing Up - 6 months after completion) £375
Social Policy (including Social Work, Social Care and Early Childhood Studies) at University of Chichester - UCAS