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Social Policy and Social Work (PhD)

Social Policy and Social Work (PhD)

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Full time | University of Warwick | 3 years | OCT

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration Social Work Global Warming

Course type


Course Summary

Expertly designed, the PhD in Social Policy and Social Work is best suited to those who are interested in gaining specialist understanding of social policy and social work concerning violence, race and gender. Study at the University of Warwick's Centre for Lifelong Learning in a supportive transdisciplinary academic environment.

Course Overview

This PhD spans a diverse range of areas reflecting the multi-disciplinary strengths of our staff. We welcome applications to study in the following areas:

  • Gender violence, child abuse, safety and well-being
  • Domestic violence
  • Violence against women and ‘race’/ethnicity
  • Disability and violence
  • Children and violence
  • Child abuse and feminist perspectives on child abuse and child protection
  • Working with parents and children in public care
  • Child contact and post-separation violence
  • Child homicide in the context of domestic violence
  • Images of child abuse and new information and communication technologies
  • ‘Race’, ethnicity, gender, and migration
  • Migrant communities in Europe
  • Diversity and multicultural politics in Europe
  • Political participation, civic Engagement, policy
  • Gender, political participation and civic engagement
  • Young people, political participation, civic engagement, social cohesion
  • Gender and policy
  • Men, masculinity, health

Research Themes

Social policy and social work (with a focus on domestic violence, child abuse, safety and well-being; men, masculinity and health; migration, race and ethnicity; political and civic engagement)

Teaching and Learning

We provide a pleasant PhD study room and dedicated personal tutor support in addition to the supervisory team. A combined staff and student seminar programme provides a collegiate forum for sharing and discussing current topics and ideas.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject; a Master’s level degree in Social Policy, Sociology or other cognate subject.