Social Work at Keele University - UCAS

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Course summary

The part-time Professional Doctorate in Social Work, DSW, builds on the established and very successful BA (Hons) Social Work and MA Social Work to provide a specialist route for social work or social policy professionals who wish to embark on doctoral study located within their own professional discipline. The programme of taught modules combined with the research component allows students to undertake study and research that is clearly relevant to their professional practice, will support them to contribute to professional knowledge in their field of practice and will enable their career development. A professional doctorate provides a rigorous programme of advanced study and research, equally rigorous to the purely research orientated PhD. The taught modules which occupy the first two years of the programme, provide opportunities to develop students’ skills and knowledge in key areas to facilitate career development, whilst the research component allows for development of skills in critical appraisal and the ability to develop the rationale, methodology and methods for research studies. The modules also allow development of other transferable skills such as project management, problem solving, information management and academic writing. The Social Work Doctorate utilizes the expertise of the academic team across the whole of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as experts from the clinical field to support the student’s development, research and scholarship; many of whom may be nationally and internationally renowned researchers in their own field. Students may wish to exit at key points prior to completing the whole programme and in doing so may be awarded a MRes in Social Work. This design is intended to provide flexibility for professionals studying whilst working in high pressured health service roles. For further information and to apply:**


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

candidate for the Degree of DSW should: Hold a Masters Degree of this University or of another deemed equivalent Hold that qualification normally in the general field of social work, policy and/or management and/or social sciences or its equivalent in professional experience and a professionally accredited programme (normally an accredited social work qualification) Evidence of experience relating to social work practice or social work policy Have access to email and the internet for the e-supported parts of the programme The DSW does not lead to a professional qualification in social work that meets the requirements for professional registration as a social worker in England by HCPC. Some DSW candidates may be registered social workers by virtue of a Bachelors or Masters award in social work. There is no deadline for applications but you are strongly encouraged to apply before 1st August to secure your place and to receive the preliminary course information.

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website.

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Social Work at Keele University - UCAS