Internationally renowned research and teaching Internationally renowned research and teaching

The School of Social Work has a long history of supervising PhD and MPhil research degrees. The School is internationally renowned for its research and teaching in social work and social policy. The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rank the School of Social Work 4th (Times Higher Education) in the country for overall research with 90% of our research ranked “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.

The research degrees offered by the School of Social Work are:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

MPhil students are registered for a maximum 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The degree is awarded on the basis of a maximum 65,000 word thesis and oral examination.

Doctorate (PhD)

PhD students are registered for a maximum 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. Assessment is based on the production of a thesis of a maximum 100,000 words and oral examination.

The School also offers a taught programme of postgraduate study which offers a sound grounding in research methods training. This is particularly suitable for those needing to develop these skills to progress to PhD research:

If you are interested in applying for postgraduate study you might want to look at information on How to Apply. If you are interested in an MPhil or PhD then see Studentships and supervisors in Social Work and Social Policy.

Research training and support

  • Each research student has their own supervisory team which plays a vital role in the development of the research project. The supervisors work closely with their student throughout the period of registration.
  • A research student group provides a focal point for research development and peer support.
  • The School has a thriving postgraduate research community with full-time and part-time MPhil and PhD students from both the UK and overseas.
  • All postgraduate research students take part in a faculty-wide programme of personal and professional development, and the School offers a stimulating programme of advanced training. This includes an annual research student workshop. For details, please see our advanced training summary.  

Fees and funding

Please click here for full information about current fees and funding

For further information please contact us at:

Faculty of Social Sciences
Postgraduate Research Office (PPE)
Elizabeth Fry Building 2.30
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
  NR4 7TJ

Telephone: +44 (0)1603 591709