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Social Work

The aims of the programme are: To critically appraise the current evidential basis of teaching, learning and assessment practice; to develop relevant advanced specialist research, development and dissemination skills. To make a valuable and original contribution to knowledge, methodology, practice and policy; which meets accepted standards of rigour and excellence, and is widely disseminated.

Entry requirements

Entrants should hold a 1st degree in a relevant subject, and usually a relevant Master's degree. Entrants are expected to have some field experience in education or be currently working in the field. Entrants with different experience may be suitable for other professional doctorate degrees (in educational psychology, education, community learning and development). IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if the 1st language is not English.

Course modules

The 1st module focuses on research methods, combining an online course on research methodology, an applied dissertation and a learning plan. The 2nd of the programme modules comprises a critical literature review. The remaining 3 consist of a series of linked research projects or a combination into 2 or 1 larger project.

Assessment methods

The total written output required is the same as Ph.D. candidates would put into 1 single thesis. However, for the Professional Doctorate this can be split into 5 modular products each of 15,000 words. Students can combine these into larger and deeper studies if they wish, subject to the agreement of a personal supervisor.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
DSW Part-time September 2016 - 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Dundee City Campus Dundee DD1 4HN Scotland

Key information

Programme Director
Telephone number: 
01382 381409