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Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Research

The School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice operates a Structured PhD programme which is the standard across the College of Social Sciences and Law. This has proven to be highly successful and enables our PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications, remains the core objective of doctoral studies in the School. We offer structured PhDs that can focus on any of the three subject areas of the school.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Students entering the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice PhD degree programme should have achieved a minimum 2.1 Honours or international equivalent in a Masters degree cognate to their proposed thesis topic. Students are also required to complete a research proposal of between 4000-5000 words in length. The proposal should contain the following components: Introduction, Literature Review, Research Objectives, Methodology, References.

Language Requirements:
Students whose education prior to university level has not been carried out through the medium of English must satisfy English language requirements of a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS (minimum of 6.0 in each band). Other English as a foreign language qualifications may be considered, please contact the School for details. Please also note that in all cases the test results must be less than 2 years old.


2 years full-time.

Further enquiries

Enquiries can be directed to the general e-mail address of a student’s subject area,, or

Students who have specific research topics in mind may email individual members of staff whose research is in a complementary area of interest. Please check our staff and research pages for work complementary to your potential research area and/or topic.


To pursue the structured PhD students will be required to complete a series of taught modules, in addition to preparing a thesis which makes a substantial original contribution to their field.

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