School of Social Work Studentship 19/20 School of Social Work Studentship 19/20

Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Social Sciences: Social Work


Applications are currently open for a 3 year Studentship funded by the UEA School of Social Work

Deadline: 31st July 2019


Location: Norwich 

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students

Hours: Full Time

Start date: October 2019



The Studentship will be available to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the School of Social Work.

Please see the ‘Research Degrees’ pages on the School website for more details, and the webpages of the Centre for Research on Children and Families. Both sites give more details about the research interests of the School and individual members of staff. Please also look at the webpages of the Social Sciences Graduate School for details of the awards and application process.

The School’s research is concentrated around a number of core themes, but individuals often work across more than one area. All these areas combine research rigour with the opportunity to have an impact in the worlds of policy and practice. The main themes are listed below, with examples of current or recent work in the School:

  • Child Protection and Family Support: e.g. involving families and fathers, early help, child neglect, children’s perspectives, children with disabilities, young people involved in or at risk of child sexual exploitation.
  • Child Placement: e.g. foster care, residential care, adoption (adopted children and young people, adoptive parenting, birth families, adoption support). LGBT young people in care.
  • Child Exploitation e.g. sexual exploitation and harmful sexual behaviour, child criminal exploitation and other adolescent vulnerabilities,
  • Social Work Practice: e.g. inter-professional working, home visiting, supervision,
  • Current Developments in Social Policy: e.g. gender, offending and rehabilitation
  • Interdisciplinary projects: the trajectories of children from early help to leaving care: data linkage across disciplines, costs of services, older people and disabled people and social policy, international child placement, fostering and adoption, staff wellbeing.

We encourage applications in these areas, but if your research interest is not mentioned here, please contact the postgraduate admissions tutor, Professor Marian Brandon, for further discussion. Potential supervisors include Professor Jonathan Dickens, Professor Marian Brandon, Professor Beth Neil, Dr Jane Dodsworth, Dr Jeanette Cossar, Dr Laura Cook, Dr Birgit Larsson, Dr Penny Sorensen, Dr Georgia Philip & Dr Christine Cocker.


Person specification:

Entry requirements: Acceptable first degree in a social science degree or any other degree if the candidate can demonstrate that it contributes to their ability to study for a PhD in the School of Social Work, minimum entry requirements is 2:1 and normally a good Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field of study.

Funding notes:

This PhD project is funded by the School of Social Work. The studentship is funded for 3 years and comprises of home tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009

To apply:

Please click to access the application form to apply

 To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: - tel: (01603) 591709.


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