Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care
Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?
With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in Social Care and Social Work you will:
We can supervise a wide range of Social Care and Social Work projects. Much of our research involves mixed methods but also has a participatory ethos and social justice orientation.
We would like to hear from potential applicants with their own research questions as well as those who are interested in any of our key research areas:
Our team of established, respected and widely published researchers undertake rigorous theoretical and applied research. Our research is underpinned by our firm commitment to social justice and human rights.
Our researchers play an active role in Manchester Met’s recently launched Health, Psychology and Communities research centre. This centre will develop into a major hub bringing together researchers across a range of disciplines to delivery research that transforms health and social care services.
Our large community of postgraduate researchers are a core part of our research culture and department. We will encourage you to take part in conferences, seminars and engagement events at Man Met and beyond. We will also support you to develop the technical and research skills necessary to excel in your studies.
The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January and April.
A research degree with us will enable you to deepen your professional practice, or prepare you for pursuing a new career within the health and social care sectors.
You will graduate with an exceptional understanding of social exclusion, social justice and how to make a real difference to vulnerable communities. This understanding, together with a range of higher-level research skills, equip you to pursue senior careers in academia, charities, health and social care organisations, and a range of other sectors.
This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team of 3 academics will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.
Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.
Please refer to our Fees page for more information about tuition fees.
Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Health and Social Care are advertised on our site.
We are a member of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership which allows us to offer fully funded scholarships in the fields of Wellbeing, Health and Communities. Please contact us for more information.
You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.
We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.
See more about our standard entry requirements.
Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Sue Caton, email@example.com, the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for the Department of Social Care and Social Work.
For further information on the application process, contact the Admissions team firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)161 247 2966
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.