CLOSING DATE: 30 January 2017

Social Sciences Faculty Research PhD Studentships are offered to prospective candidates to start in October 2017.

The Studentship will be available under the Scheme 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 for 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:

  1. Child Proecttion and Family Support: eg involving fathers, children's perspectives, young people involved in or at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. 

  2. Child Placement: eg foster care, residential care, adoption (adopted children and young people, adoptive parenting, birth families, adoption support). LGBT young people in care. 

  3. Social Work Practice: eg inter-professional working, home visits.

  4. Current Developments in Social Policy: eg gender, offending and rehabilitation.

We encourage applications in these areas, but if your research interest is not mentioned here, please contact the postgraduate admissions tutor: Professor Gillian Schofield, for further discussion.

Potential supervisors include Professor Gillian SchofieldProfessor Marian Brandon, Professor Beth Neil, Dr Jane DodsworthDr Jeanette CossarDr Yvonne Johnson.

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (£14,296 for 2016-17 entry), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply; a small number of studentships will be available to cover full international fees.

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates applying for a PhD studentship should hold, or expect to hold, relevant undergraduate and Master's degrees (or equivalent) including some research experience. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language. If you do not have a relevant Master's degree, you may be interested in UEA's MRes in Social Science Research Methods.

To be considered for this award, you should make an application for admission to a PhD in the normal manner, but you should indicate the intention to be considered for a studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme. Please contact either Professor Marian Brandon or your potential supervisor to discuss and develop the best possible proposal and application.

To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA Postgraduate Research Office - email: - tel: (01603) 591709. Please click to access the application form to apply for a PhD.

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MRes Social Science Research Methods



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