Social Work (Research)
The professional doctorate is a part-time doctoral research degree. It is fully equivalent to the PhD, but substantially different from it in that it is strongly professionally oriented, focussing on ‘applied’ rather than ‘pure’ research.
While the PhD generally prepares candidates for a research-based career, the professional doctorate is a more in-service orientated degree, addressing the career needs of practising professionals, particularly those in or who aspire to senior positions within their professions. The linkages between research-based knowledge and its application in a wide range of professional settings are central to this doctorate.
We offer an integrated professional doctorate scheme within which education, health, social work and social policy professionals engage together in integrated learning for some of the taught modules. This unique inter-professional learning allows you to reflect on what is shared across professional boundaries and what is distinctive to their own occupational traditions.
Above all, a professional doctorate is an opportunity to examine contemporary leading theories and research evidence, and to apply these within the professional context.
The social work taught modules facilitate considered reflection on social work practice. Cutting-edge debates about what constitutes good practice, as well as strategies for undertaking research in social work contexts inform the modules. Contemporary debates about the politics of social work; anti-discriminatory practice; evidence-based and reflective practice; social work theory; social work ethics and values, and changing legislation in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are covered. It is recognised that many candidates will be managers or teachers of social work practice rather than practitioners and module assessment reflects this.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.
You must possess a good first degree and usually have completed a master’s degree. You should also have two or more years’ professional experience in a field appropriate to your chosen pathway.
Much of the module learning and associated assignments aim to support applied professional development and you are expected to have experience of - or current access to - professional settings in a field appropriate to your doctoral degree.
English language requirements
A score of 600 on TOEFL (250 on computer-based marking) or band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Scholarships & funding
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By the end of the program, you will have acquired research skills, theoretical capacities, and will have experience of deploying them in a manner appropriate to your particular professional context. These skills include:
- The ability to analyse practices and policies which affect agencies and client groups in your professional field;
- The ability to manage innovation and resourceful change in your chosen area;
- Communicating and working effectively and constructively with other professionals in other disciplines across organisational and service boundaries;
- The provision of clear leadership, supervision and consultation in your field based on your extensive knowledge, interpersonal skills, explicit values and acknowledgement of the responsibilities within your role;
- The ability to work independently and be accountable and make constructive and innovative use of consultation and management processes.
Typically professional doctorate candidates are employed when they study with us, although current employment is not a condition of entry.
Graduates are able to further their careers within their employment settings or move beyond these into, for example, Higher Education, policy and planning, and/or research development and management.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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