PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Social Work and Social Care

From theory and practice in wellbeing to the challenges of social work practice in safeguarding, mental health, adoption and reflective practice to the exploration of extraordinary childhoods, digital childhoods and emotional lives – you’ll work with experts in their fields, in a vibrant interdisciplinary research community.

We host three research centres:

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us at eswpgradmin@sussex.ac.uk

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Henglien Chen
    Lecturer in Social Work
    H.L.Chen@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: ageing care policy and practice: cross country comparison, ageing care service provisions, ageing care workforce, family carer for older people, gerontology social work

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    Dr Kristine Hickle
    Lecturer in Social Work & Social Care
    K.Hickle@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: childhood and youth, Groups, groupwork, human trafficking, sexual violence, Social work, Trauma

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    Ms Sharon Lambley
    Lecturer in Social Work
    S.Lambley@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Social work

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    Dr Hilary Lawson
    Senior Lecturer
    H.A.Lawson@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Michelle Lefevre
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work & Care
    M.Lefevre@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: child protection, child well-being, Communication, psychoanalysis, Social work

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    Mr Barry Luckock
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work & SocialPolicy
    B.A.Luckock@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Social work

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    Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic
    Senior Lecturer In Social Work And Social Care
    R.A.Maglajlic@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Mental Health, radical social work, Social rights and social justice, social welfare reform, social work and political conflict, social work and social development

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    Dr Tish Marrable
    Lecturer in Social Work
    L.F.Marrable@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Autism and Social Care, Bereavement, disability, Emotion in professional practice, Social work, Supervision

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    Dr Lel Meleyal
    Lecturer In Social Work And Social Care
    L.F.Meleyal@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: adult protection, adult safeguarding, Behavioural economics, digital identities, e-ethics, Fitness to Practise, Gender And Sexuality Studies, Nudge, Professional identities, Professional regulation, Professional Suitability, re-validation, Regulation, Social care, Social work, Standards of conduct

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    Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas
    Senior Lecturer
    S.Nolas@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: action research, childhood and youth, children's participation, children's social policy, children's welfare, public life, qualitative research methods, social action, Social work, youth inclusion, youth policy

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    Dr David Orr
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work
    D.Orr@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: adult protection, adult safeguarding, anthropology of the Andes, Dementia, medical anthropology, Mental Health

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    Prof Gillian Ruch
    Professor of Social Work
    G.Ruch@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Social work

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    Prof Elaine Sharland
    Professor of Social Work Research
    E.Sharland@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Knowledge generation - Co-Creation, Research design and methodology, Responsibilities to children, Social work, Youth

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    Prof Rachel Thomson
    Professor of Childhood & Youth Studies
    R.Thomson@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Social behaviour, Sociology

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    Dr Denise Turner
    Lecturer In Social Work And Social Care
    D.M.Turner@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Autoethnography, Change, Child Death, Creative practice, Death Education, Digital practices, Loss, Service User narratives, Social Media

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    Prof Charles Watters
    Professor of Wellbeing and Social Care
    C.Watters@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Asylum seeking, Children and migration, medical anthropology, Mental Health and Well-Being, Refugees and asylum, Social work, well-being

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    Dr Russell Whiting
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Care
    R.Whiting@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Church History & History Of Theology, Modern British history, Social work

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Entry requirements

A Masters degree (normally with a dissertation at grade B+ or equivalent) in either Social Research Methods or in a relevant discipline which includes significant research methods training. A research proposal must be submitted on application

Research training

If you’re applying for ESRC funding, you might need to do a Masters first. Find out about our Social Research Methods MSc.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.

Application deadline:

19 May 2017

Find out more about the Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.