School of Social and Political Science

PhD in Social Work

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The application deadline for this programme is 13th July 2018.


The PhD in Social Work is one of our central activities, alongside our research and teaching at qualifying and post-qualifying levels: the BSc Social Work, the Master of Social Work and PG certificate in Mental Health Social Work. PhD students come to study at Edinburgh from all over the world, and carry out their fieldwork in Scotland and overseas. They may also be local practitioners and managers who have taken the decision to undertake PhD study, often closely related to their workplace.

Our social work researchers have excellent links with professional and social work services in statutory and voluntary sectors.The research interests of staff cover the full range of applied service specialisms and theoretical issues in social work. In Scotland this includes criminal justice as well as children and families, vulnerable adults and community care. International and European perspectives are also part of academic staff interests.

Our work is enriched by the perspective of both international students and UK/EU students who are experienced professionals studying part-time while working.

Financial support is available from a variety of sources, external and internal. You can find information about the application process on our Funding Opportunities page and on the Graduate School of Social Science.

For queries about the programme:

Gary Clapton is the PG Adviser and Programme Director E-mail:

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