Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Health and Social Care

Research in the Department of Social Work focuses on the themes of Diversity, Justice and Power; and Contemporary Professionalism. The research themes cut across traditional client-group boundaries and address the increasingly complex and globalised nature of practice. The people with whom social workers work are drawn from different and dynamic communities, and a key topic within the Inequalities, Justice and Power group is the critical examination of services engagement with diversity, such as the responses of mental health services to ethnicity, gender and inequalities, and the experiences of groups that are often marginalised in social care services, such as vulnerable adults, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people and children involved with the family justice and care systems. A developing area of work within this theme is a concern with cultural competence, which looks at ways of working with people across different cultures but also understanding their experiences, and strategies to challenge injustices in day-to-day experience. Contemporary professionalism reflects the concern of members of the department with the policy and organisational contexts of social work and the impact of economic and social change on current and future of professional practice within social care. Key topics addressed within this theme are: the relationship between practitioners and managers, and between practitioners and other professionals; professional knowledge, particularly the use of critical reflection, the pedagogy of professional skills development; and decision-making and professional discretion. A developing area of work is the international aspects of social work practice including comparative research.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are usually a first class honours or 2:1 degree from an approved UK or overseas university, although some departments will require a Masters degree. Please check department web pages for more details of requirements. Overseas students must also meet the requirements for English language (IELTS).
Specific requirements for the application may vary, depending on the school or department you are applying to, however most will require a brief research proposal that should be submitted along with the online application form.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,500 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years

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