Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research


CSWIR contributes to the teaching of the following courses offered by the Department of Social Work and Social Care:

Social Work BA & MA

Ranked 7th in the UK for Social Work (The Guardian University Guide 2020), the BA in Social Work course at Sussex combines theory with practical experience, giving students a qualification that can change people’s lives.

Students benefit from highly personalised, consultative methods of teaching with frequent communication, reflection and feedback. The teaching is informed by our world-leading research – students learn from internationally renowned experts in the field.

There is an emphasis on putting theory into practice. Lecturers’ research has a direct influence on decisions made by the government, educators, regulators, practitioners and service users.

Student also have a well-supported, positive experience on a wide range of quality placements.

Find out more more about the Social Work BA.

Find out more about the Social Work MA.

Social Work and Social Care PhD

CSWIR contributes to research and teaching in a doctoral capacity to create a vibrant interdisciplinary research community. The core research themes are reshaping policy thinking and social work practice governance, systems and methods, responding to social injustice in times of political crisis, and re-imagining the psychosocial dynamics and digital mediation of the social work relationship.

Full-time or part-time research student registration is possible. Sussex particularly welcomes applications from those with an existing professional interest in social work who may wish to combine their studies with continuing work in relevant agencies.

Find out more about this course via the Prospectus, or contact Course Leader, Professor Gillian Ruch.

CPD Pathways and Awards

CSWIR contributes to the Department’s CPD programme which offers Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and an MA in each of the following three pathways:

  • Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care
  • Effective Practice in Social Work and Social Care
  • Social Work Practice Education

Find out more more.