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Prof Doc Social Work

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Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DSW - Doctorate in Social work

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

The Doctorate in Social Work at the University of East London is a five-year part-time modular course specifically aimed at senior professionals working in all fields of education.

The course gives you the opportunity and the skills to conduct robust, innovative research that will improve the policy, practice and the quality of education. Your doctorate will enhance your professional capability through critical analysis and the use of research evidence.

You will be studying at one of the most diverse and multicultural universities in London, with the chance to meet and work with students and academics with different national and international professional backgrounds, each with their own experience and expertise that they bring to the course.

Doctoral courses at the University of East London give you the chance to draw on this dynamic research culture as well as the research expertise of our academic staff, at least two of whom will serve on your supervisory team.

Your Future Career

This doctorate course at the University of East London is designed for professionals who are working within a range of educational contexts. School-centred research is a rapidly developing phenomenon, both nationally and internationally. This doctoral course is aimed at practising educators who would like to advance their own professional development in the areas of research, policy, curriculum development and professional practice. It also gives you the opportunity to help improve educational and institutional practice generally.

Studying for a Doctorate in Education at UEL's Cass School of Education and Communities will benefit senior members of staff working in a variety of educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, examination organizations and policy-related institutions.


Integrating theory, research and ethical practice Moving towards Registration - Core
Research methodology perspectives on research - Core
Philosophy and practice of research - Core
Critically engaging with the literature - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should normally have a full Masters Degree and We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Minimum of three years experience of Professional Practice in social work or social care will also be considered.

University information

At UEL, 94% of the university’s research is considered to be of international standard (REF 2014). Plus, £250k is awarded each year for postgraduate scholarships, providing a 50% discount on taught postgraduate tuition fees. The university is based across two campuses in the thriving area of East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park on its doorstep while Docklands campus has its own train station. Together, they offer over £450 million of...more

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