Social Work Prof Doc

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Professional Doctorate

  • Prof Doc Social Work, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 3220 Annual P/T Fee
  • Prof Doc Social Work, international applicant, part time

    • International Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 7600

Course modules

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Critically engaging with the literature

Philosophy and practice of research

Research methodology – perspectives on research

Integrating theory, research and ethical practice – Moving towards Registration


NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

The Professional Doctorate in Social Work is designed for social care and work practitioners who would like to advance their professional careers in the areas of research, policy, and practice.

Senior members of staff working in both statutory and private health and social care agencies will find the Doctor of Social Work of particular benefit.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

A doctorate represents the University's highest award. Throughout your doctoral studies, you will be encouraged and enabled to challenge established and develop novel ideas and concepts.

As progress on your journey gains momentum, you will develop a detailed understanding of the methods and techniques used in conducting advanced research and academic enquiry. This will enable you to conceptualise, design and implement a research project that will impact on and augment existing knowledge and understanding, and place you at the forefront of your profession.

How you'll learn

The School of Education and Communities provides a dedicated study and research space for doctorate students at the purpose-built education building - a facility that is a unique hub for research and training as well as a focal point for the community.

We offer you extensive support in a wide range of research and study skills, as well as guidance and specialist support.

Studying with us provides you with a unique opportunity to join an international research and learning community through local, collaborative research groups and centres.

You will be exposed to a variety of educational methods, including face-to-face tutorials, seminars and group workshops, written assignments and poster presentations. In addition to being well-supported in your independent enquiry and the drafting of your thesis, you will have the chance to engage in conferences hosted by the University of East London and publish your research in our well-respected professional journal, Crossing Conceptual Boundaries.

How you will be assessed

At Stage One of the Professional Doctorate, you will be assessed via assignments (written and visual) and presentations. These will be marked by two members of the course team and moderated by an external examiner.

Stage Two consists of a 50,000-word thesis. You will be examined orally (viva voce) on your thesis by an internal and external examiner.

You must successfully complete all assessments before you can award your Professional Doctorate. Our Disability and Dyslexia Team is available to assist students with disabilities and/or learning needs with assessment.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Education and Communities

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.