Keele University

Keele University

Social Work

Study topics include: social work with older people; ageing and social relationships; participatory research; children's rights and advocacy; institutional care and child development; race and ethnicity in welfare policy and practice; minority language policy and provision; rural social work; values and ethics; and social work education.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum 2.1 Honours degree. A professional/ postgraduate relevant qualification may be considered as an equivalent if the candidate can also demonstrate relevant experience in a social care setting. In addition, the HCPC requires that we admit only students who have English language and mathematics GCSE Grade C and above or equivalent, have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (Enhanced and Barred Lists) check, have satisfied health checks by student self-declaration and Occupational Health referral where appropriate, and in all other respects meet the HCPC requirements for registration. Admission to the course is via UCAS application form followed by a written test and interview. All candidates are expected to have some general knowledge of social services and broad social problems. All applicants must confirm prior to interview/offer decision making that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and the use of email. It is important that candidates demonstrate awareness of the field they are seeking to enter. Although it is not a requirement for entry, relevant experience is recommended.

Course modules

Power and discrimination; introduction to legal processes; social work theory and methods 1; area of practice 1: children and families; area of practice 1: adults (social science, law, policy and practice); life course development; personal and professional development; social work theory and methods 2; social work research; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Students are required to pass written assignments including essays and case studies, and examinations, together with a dissertation. They also have to reach a satisfactory level of competence in relation to the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time GBP 3,996 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PhD Full-time GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PhD Full-time GBP 3,996 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PhD Full-time GBP 3,996 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PhD Full-time GBP 3,996 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
01782 734010