School of Social Work Studentship for PhD study 2016 School of Social Work Studentship for PhD study 2016

The University of East Anglia School of Social Work is offering a studentship for PhD study, three years full-time starting in the 2016-17 academic year (January 2017). The place is available for an applicant who can demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the research and strategic interests of the School.

Eligibility: UK/EU/International


CLOSING DATE: Monday 19 September 2016, 12 midday

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Wednesday 21 September 2016


For further information about the research interests of the School and individual members of staff, please see the ‘Research Degrees’ pages on the School website, and the webpages of the Centre for Research on Children and Families.

Applications are invited from candidates who wish to do research in the following areas, but we are pleased to consider other ideas or areas of interest:


  1. Child placement: themes include adoptive/foster parenting, kinship care, birth families and birth family contact, supporting placements, foster fathers, children and young people’s views and experiences.

  2. Decision-making and planning in child and family social work: including care proceedings and inter-professional working for children in care or on the edge of care.

  3. Child protection practice: including children’s views and experiences, child sexual exploitation.

  4. Social policy contexts and developments: e.g. issues affecting parents and children, LGBT families and young people, crime, mental health, older people.


    Members of staff who are available to offer research supervision in the next academic year include Professor Gillian Schofield, Professor Jonathan Dickens, Professor Beth Neil, Dr Jeanette Cossar. If you have an idea for a research study and would like to discuss it, to start off please contact the postgraduate admissions tutor, Professor Gillian Schofield


    As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates will be asked to participate in an interview. This is usually in person, but may take place via telephone or Skype. International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in English Language.


    The studentship covers tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (£14,057 for 2015-16 entry), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply but must be able to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

Candidates should hold, or expect to hold, a minimum of a 2.1 degree and a Masters degree in social work, social policy or social research (the social work Masters may be at professional qualifying or post-qualifying level), or international equivalents. If you do not have a relevant Masters degree, you may be interested in the MRes in Social Science Research Methods (see below), or our suite of courses for continuing professional development. Relevant work experience may constitute important additional qualifications.

Further information about PhD study at UEA is available here.

If you have any questions specifically about 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.