PhD Social Policy / Social Work

Our PhD/MPhil programme is supported by a commitment to an international standard of research.  In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, Social Policy and Social Work at York was ranked third overall for research quality in the UK and equal first for it's impact.

As one of the largest centres for social research in Europe we are able to offer supervision in a wide range of areas, for example:

  • Comparative and international social policy
  • Crime, criminal justice
  • Demography
  • Disability studies
  • Employment, unemployment and the workforce
  • Environment
  • E-social policy
  • Families, children and young people
  • Gender and ethnicity
  • Governance, delivery and evaluation of public policies
  • Health policy and provision
  • Housing, homelessness and urban regeneration
  • Inter-professional and inter-agency working
  • Older people
  • Poverty and income protection
  • Quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods
  • Social exclusion and inclusion
  • Social work practice
  • Violence and abuse

You will be part of a Graduate School with a wide range of backgrounds from across the globe, making our Department one of the most academically stimulating to study in, and you will have the opportunity to participate in seminars to explore ideas with other Graduate School students and researchers.

We welcome applications for research degrees in all areas of social policy and social work.

You will be normally expected to hold an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree, although if you have other relevant experience, you can discuss your options with the Director of the Graduate School. If you wish to pursue research on a social work topic, you should also have a good background in social work theory and practice. Likewise, if you wish to do research in social policy, you should have a firm background in the subject.

The current interests of members of staff - and many of our research students too - can be seen in the staff and research sections of this site.

Entry requirements

International students: if English is not your first language you should also read the English Language requirements 2016/17 for postgraduate study.

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‌You can apply for this course using our online application system.  If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

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Scholarships available

Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries.

All subject areas are eligible.

See here for further details

Contact details

Rachel McAllister
Admissions Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 1273