Brunel University London

Brunel University London

Social Work PhD

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master's degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Find out which alternative English language qualifications we accept. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.

Potential research students are encouraged to contact members of staff in the area of interest to receive guidance on how to focus the research proposal.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Course modules

The Division of Social Work have:
•specialism in gerontology
•specialism in working with children and young people
•research with practitioners on tackling gender violence
•commitment to anti-oppressive practice
•service user perspectives and experiences
•specialist researchers in gender and sexualities

Applicants are welcome to contact us about their own specialist topics and projects. However we particularly welcome proposals on
•Anti-oppressive practice and the development of resilient practitioners
•Children and young people's experience of services
•Elderly and emotional well-being
•Sexualities and Sexual Violence

Assessment methods

Each student will be allocated a supervisory team consisting of the principal supervisor, second supervisor and a Research Development Advisor. The supervisory team will set teaching and learning targets and advise the student how to achieve them. The progress of each student will be assessed by the supervisory team at regular meetings and by a formal Progress Review Panel at 9 months for full-time students (18 months for part-time students) and then annually. All academic supervisors receive university supported training in the supervision of PhD students.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional doctorate Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 years
Professional doctorate Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
Professional doctorate Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
Professional doctorate Full-time GBP 17,500 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
Professional doctorate Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
Professional doctorate Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
Professional doctorate Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
Professional doctorate Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time GBP 8,750 per Year 1 (International) 6 years

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Key information

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01895 265265