What will I learn?

Programme description

Our PhD/MPhil Social Work programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Social Work.

This postgraduate research programme in social work gives you the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in health and social care.

We particularly welcome students from all health and social care disciplines who have an interest in exploring related subject areas.

4-year PhD (full time and full time distance learning options only)

This is a four year PhD programme for students who:

have not previously studied research methods
have studied research methods but not in the UK
have limited English language skills
have not completed a master's degree.

In this programme, the first year is a foundation year designed to prepare you for the following three years of the PhD programme.

Coursework and assessment

Our PhD programmes follow the University's methods of assessment for PhD study and student progress is monitored via a detailed electronic system (e-prog) using a standard set of progress and monitoring forms.

Students must submit work at specific stages, review their progress, identify their learning and development needs, and meet with their supervisors throughout their course. Some meetings and evaluations are informal, while others are formal and documented.

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate.

Which department am I in?

The University of Manchester

Study options

Full Time (48 months)

Tuition fees
£19,500.00 (US$ 26,665) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,


M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

We require: An honours degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject AND a very good MSc/MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution OR satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full-time. The four-year programme is strongly recommended for anyone who: has not studied in the UK before; has not completed specific research methods training at master's level and received 'very good' grades; has not completed a research dissertation at master's level and received 'very good' grades; has not scored at least 6.5 in all areas of the IELTS (or equivalent) if English is not their first language.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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