Doctorate Degrees in Social Work

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Social Work

A Social Work PhD degree offers curriculum to produce advanced clinicians and scholars within the field of social work. Social Work PhD programs prepare candidates for leadership positions in social work education and practice.

Social Work PhD programs are based around the concepts of clinical social work, research, public policy issues, and advanced clinical competence. Curriculum often includes coursework, teaching, internship, research, and a dissertation. The approach taken for a Social Work PhD is often multicultural, involving ideas of social justice, and is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from other disciplines that are relevant to social work. Candidates must have strong critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze social problems and interventions, while maintaining a strong ethical code.

If you are passionate about helping people overcome adversity, then a Social Work PhD may be the program for you! Scroll through the options below and find out!

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PhD in Social Work

Walden University
Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA USA Online

Walden’s PhD in Social Work program can prepare you for the next step in your social work career as a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader. [+]

PhDs in Social Work. Walden’s PhD in Social Work program can prepare you for the next step in your social work career as a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader. A challenging curriculum enables you to analyze advanced theory and explore some of the most pressing and cutting-edge issues in social work today. Face-to-face academic residencies support the learning experience, allowing you to collaborate with professors and colleagues, build your social and professional community, and enhance your ability to effect positive social change. You will also gain skills in scholarly writing that can help you advance your role as a leader. Achieve the highest credentials in your profession with this PhD program in social work. Specializations Addictions and Social Work Clinical Expertise Criminal Justice Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention Family Studies and Interventions Medical Social Work Policy Practice Social Work Administration [-]

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Walden University
Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA USA Online

As an advanced social work professional, you are called upon to help society address its most pressing challenges. [+]

As an advanced social work professional, you are called upon to help society address its most pressing challenges. With Walden’s Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program, you can become a more authoritative advocate for social justice and gain the credentials to be recognized as a leader in your field. Choose from multiple specializations to align your studies with your interests, including Medical Social Work, Addictions and Social Work, and Clinical Expertise. One of the few offered online, the DSW program has a challenging curriculum that can help you acquire the skills to evaluate, design, and execute social welfare programs that make a positive difference. A Master of Social Work (MSW) is required to enroll in this program. Specializations Addictions and Social Work Clinical Expertise Criminal Justice Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention Family Studies and Interventions Medical Social Work Policy Practice Social Work Administration [-]

PhD in Longevity Studies

Charles University Faculty of Humanities
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Longevity Studies offer integrated study on the boarder of humanities, social, biomedical and other mainly applied sciences. The study responses to needs of specialist analyses and solutions of problems related to longevity and demographic change of the society, in different fields of human life and activity. [+]

PhDs in Social Work. Longevity Studies enable better understanding of interfaces and challenges of prolongation of human life (longevity). It fosters better understanding and finding of appropriate answers and solutions of theoretical, applied and ethical context of longevity. It reflects not only current demographic changes of population (as the gerontology) but it also reflect the fact that nowadays also persons with severe disability, chronic illnesses and impairment live longer than ever before and also some other specific groups of our population have needs related to the longevity. Longevity Studies offer integrated study on the boarder of humanities, social, biomedical and other mainly applied sciences. The study responses to needs of specialist analyses and solutions of problems related to longevity and demographic change of the society, in different fields of human life and activity. The doctoral postgraduate Longevity studies qualifies highly skilled and knowledgeable specialists in research, expertise and transfer of knowledge into the practice. On the scientific level they are able to tackle problems related to longevity of human life. They are aware and able to use relevant scientific methods, to coordinate interdisciplinary teams and to publish both scientific publications and materials for decision making on all adequate levels and problems related to longevity. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The examination consists of a 1. Discussion about the research project (of the dissertation). (max. 12 points) 2. Examination on English language proficiency (max. 4 points) Entrance examination will check the ability to communicate in English (in the extent necessary for literature study, communication in international teams, preparation of materials and teleconferences). Therefore the examination will be partly in English. 3. It will check of basic assumptions for the Longevity studies (motivation, knowledge and activities in research and practice and their theoretical or applied results). Also the knowledge of relevant research methods will be part of the entrance examination. (max. 4 point). The research project has to be prepared by the applicant (cca. 4-6 pages) and submitted with the application. I tis advised to consult the research project with the potential supervisor. During the examination the research project will be discussed and its quality (topic, method, formal issues etc.) will be evaluated by the commission. From the entrance exams can get max. 20 points. Conditions for admission 1. Submission of the filled-out application form for doctorate studies, along with the following appendices. Deadline: 30.4.2017 Theme of thesis, i.e. annotation of research project; Document confirming graduation from a university study programme at the master’s level; Short structured biography Other documents worth noting (e.g. list of publications by applicant, documents confirming a successful state or international exam in a utilised language, documents confirming academic work, either in the Czech Republic or abroad) Documents certifying a completed higher-education studies at the masters level (applicants who complete their masters studies after the application deadline have to document the completion of their studies by 30.9.2017 at the latest). In case of graduation abroad, applicants have to submitt nostrification of master diploma. Other relevant documents 2. Graduation from a master’s degree program. 3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application). 4. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. An applicant who will be awarded less than 10 points will not be admitted. Information on the exercise of graduates The graduate of the PhD study have the skills and knowledge of scientific methods at the level required for doctoral studies of humanities reflecting the focus on longevity. He/she is able to propose and solve complex scientific projects, expertise and solution proposals, to act as a specialist in the academic and pedagogic field. In the practice, the graduate is able to coordinate interprofessional teams in the field of academy, public administration and also in the private sector. [-]

PhD in Social Work

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Cyprus Nicosia Greece Athens + 3 more

Develop students’ in-depth understanding and critical analysis of current literature and research methodology in the field of Social Work. [+]

Duration (years): 3 έτη Qualification Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate Degree) Language of Instruction: English and Greek Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time Minimum Credits: 90 Minimum ECTS Credits: 180 Profile of the Programme: Aims and Objectives of the PhD in SW are as follow: a) Develop students’ in-depth understanding and critical analysis of current literature and research methodology in the field of Social Work. b) Develop students’ understanding and application of suitable research methodologies and scientific methods of inquiry to enable them to carry out their doctoral research project. c) Enhance students’ research skills and facilitate the development of expertise relevant to their research specialization area. d) Educate students on how to disseminate research findings, for example through publishing in academic journals and/or presenting their work in academic conferences and seminars. e) Give students a broad understanding of research approaches and methods, which will enable them to read and comprehend a wide range of academic research papers to enhance their research competence and to facilitate the development of future research activities. Career Prospects: It is expected that the PhD in Social Work will attract not only graduates from Social Work Programmes around the globe but also professionals who have an interest in investigating social phenomena, behaviours and even planning innovative programmes from a social work perspective. Thus, the PhD in Social Work will accept applications from related disciplines such as psychology, nursing, sociology, criminology, social administration. Graduation Requirements The student must complete 180 ECTS and all programme requirements. The Programme has been structured into six (6) distinct phases (semesters), each consisting of 30 ECTS A degree is awarded after the PhD candidate has successfully completed the viva examination according to the University regulations for PhD examinations. Learning Outcomes By the completion of the PhD in SW, students are expected to: 1) Comprehend basic principles of research design, including to have an understanding of how to conceptualize social work research, formulate researchable problems, and construct and test hypotheses; 2) Show competence in applying a range of research methods and tools; 3) Be able to successfully manage all the stages of a research project, including managing data, and conducting and disseminating research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics; 4) Understand and appreciate the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design and the selection of appropriate data analysis techniques; 5) Understand and apply the concepts of generalisability, validity, reliability and replicability, and to identify potential biases in the interpretation of research findings; 6) Develop a sound understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of a range of research methodologies and data collection methods; 7) Evidence competence in the use of quantitative and qualitative methodologies in social work and exhibit skills in the use of quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods; 8) Develop skills in the dissemination of findings to the wider academic community, initially through writing-up their Thesis and then through publishing their work in academic journals and/or giving presentations in academic conferences and seminars; 9) Acknowledge the impact of their own experiences, beliefs and culture on the processes and outcomes of inquiry, as well as the interpretation of findings, and through this process become reflexive researchers. [-]

PhD in Social Work

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

The Doctoral programme entails a substantial piece of independent research that contributes something new to theory or practice in the field of social work. [+]

PhDs in Social Work. The Doctoral programme entails a substantial piece of independent research that contributes something new to theory or practice in the field of social work. The programme assists you in becoming an expert in a particular facet of social work. We have four Doctoral supervisors with a diverse range of expertise, including: clinical social work, community development, developmental research, ecometrics, gender-based violence management, occupational social work, poverty, resilience, social development, social policy, social security and youth transitions. The supervisors have recognised expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and are committed to rigour and excellence. Admission requirements In order for a student to gain entrance into the programme, they must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and an average mark of at least 65% for their Master’s Degree. Contact details Name: Prof Ndangwa Noyoo Tel: 011 559 2804 / Email: socialwork@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD in Public and Social Policy

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 9 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The Public and Social Policy (PSP) doctoral study programme prepares students for basic and applied research and teaching in the academia as well as other types of activities requiring a high level of theoretical and methodological education in PSP. This programme is open to all master degree graduates or equivalent. [+]

Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Oral entrance exam: During the entrance examination interview, applicants must demonstrate ability to defend their research proposal in critical discussion and prove that they • can formulate research questions, • understand their topic’s broader context, and • are fairly knowledgeable in public and social policy and related disciplines. Priority topics of research projects for entrance examination: (Other topics are not excluded, but they should be consulted and agreed upon by a future supervisor in advance.) Public and social policies - Policy of social insurance and social security - Educational policy - Health policy - Anti-corruption policy - Drug policy - Tobacco control policy Public sector - Public sector´s efficiency - Public policies´ efficiency evaluation - Impact analysis of public policies (qualitative and quantitative analysis) - Public procurement and its impacts on public policy Governance - Strategic governance - Relationships between market, state and media - Partnership of public and civic sector - Systemic corruption Public Administration - Public administration reforms and their impact on public policy - Modernisation of public administration (comparison of the EU countries and design of modernisation models for the Czech Republic) - Decision making in public administration and its impact on public policies´ efficiency - Computerization of public administration as a support for public policies´ performance - Inspection systems of public administration as an instrument of efficient functioning of public policies - Public administration employees – their roles, competences, expectations Cross-cutting issues - Policy work and policy workers - New methods and methodologies in policy analysis (process tracing etc.) - Policy design – theoretical and analytical approaches - Policy analysis – new methods and approaches - Policy evaluation Criteria for entrance exam evaluation: • research proposal quality, • applicant’s scholarly potential, • qualification for participating in the programme’s research and teaching activities. Evaluation of applicants in admission proceedings for the Public and Social Policy doctoral programme: 1. Research proposal quality: up to 30 points 2. Knowledge of the field’s theory foundations and methods: up to 10 points 3. Existing scholarly texts and experience (Master’s thesis, scholarly publications, research participation): up to 10 points 4. Project feasibility (grant, financing): up to 10 points Applicant’s existing research experience or professional experience in public, civic, or commercial sector jobs is assessed as a bonus. Total: up to 60 points Other entrance conditions for applicants: Completion of a master program. Achieve the minimum number of entry points (will be declared by the Dean). Information on the exercise of graduates Our doctoral program aims to produce experts who are able to pursue research and analytical work with creativity. It aims to expand their theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills and to deepen their ability to grasp scholarship and social reality with a critical mindset. Graduates will be able to use these skills to identify and analyze important social issues in their proper context, the links between the behavior of social actors and their interests, values and strategies, and the shaping and implementation of public policy. The Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University includes the Center for Social and Economic Strategies which shares staff with the Department of Public and Social Policy. [-]

PhD in Social Work

University of Ostrava
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Ostrava + 1 more

At present, scientific preparation in the degree programme of Social Work is only offered at two universities in the Czech Republic: at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno and at the Faculty of Social Studies of the University of Ostrava. [+]

PhDs in Social Work. At present, scientific preparation in the degree programme of Social Work is only offered at two universities in the Czech Republic: at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno and at the Faculty of Social Studies of the University of Ostrava. The study programme focuses on the preparation of graduates who are capable of scientific investigation in Social Work. The aim of the study is to cultivate knowledge in doctoral degree students that is highly professionally specialised and at the same time usable in the various contexts of theoretical investigation as well as in applied research. Graduate Profile and Career Opportunities: A graduate has extensive knowledge of issues falling within the scope of the field of study that is underpinned by the mastery of the latest professional literature both in domestic and international context; has knowledge of scientific methodology and the basic principles used in the sciences of man and society, or as the case may be, knowledge of research approaches, strategies, methods and techniques in social science research; has knowledge of the theories and methods which may be applied in the area of Social Work. The graduate’s knowledge is interdisciplinary in nature – and contains knowledge from the area of social work theories and methods and furthermore sociology and social policies. Conditions for Admission: The applicant has completed a Master’s degree university program of studies in the field of Social Work; as the case may be, also a different field of study is admissible if the applicant manages to justify his/her choice by practice in the field; The applicant has submitted his/her Application for study within the stipulated deadline and paid the administrative fee for participation in the admission process (The deadline for submission of the application is June 30, 2016); Together with the application, the applicant has provided all of the required compulsory attachments within the stipulated deadline (The deadline for submission of the attachments to the Faculty of Social Studies of the University of Ostrava (FFS OU) is June 30, 2016) the required attachments being: A. Project of the Doctoral Dissertation structured in the required manner and containing: preliminary title of the Doctoral Dissertation, brief description of the theoretical starting points, description of the main research question or questions, the goals of the research, a reflection on the possible approaches to the research, the research method and the research population and on the organisation of the research, an overview of the basic literature which will provide starting points for the Doctoral Dissertation with emphasis placed on foreign language literature, The topic of the Doctoral Dissertation must correspond with the main research orientation of FSS OU, or as the case may be with the European Research Institute for Social Work of the University of Ostrava (ERIS) and with the now ongoing research projects of FSS OU within the thematic framework of “Social work in between Privatisation and Public Responsibility”. Preference will be given to project focusing on: the consequences of modernisation for society and social work; housing of low-income groups - intervention of social work and social policy measures; social aspects of disease and disability; development of the concept of social work in a historical context. B. Structured Curriculum Vitae with data about previous studies and practical professional experience C. Authenticated copy of a document confirming successful and due completion of Master’s Degree studies [-]

Doctorate in Social Work

International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Campus Part time February 2017 Dominica Portsmouth

The primary mission of the educational programmes in Social Work is consistent with the mission of the profession: to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. [+]

Instructional Philosophy and Mission The primary mission of the educational programmes in Social Work is consistent with the mission of the profession: to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. The Social Work Doctoral Programme philosophy at IUGS reflects this mission. A historic and defining feature of Social Work is the profession’s focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to Social Work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living. Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organisations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organising, supervision, consultation administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organisations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems. The mission of the Social Work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience (NASW 2008). Degrees Offered IUGS offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work and Doctor of Social Work (DSW). The PhD is designed to prepare the social work professional to engage in research, teaching and academic leadership in the field as well as provide advanced social work services to organisations, governments, communities and individuals. The Doctor of Social Work is designed to enhance the student’s capacity to work in applied social work settings where advanced knowledge can help them further their ability to provide social work services. The PhD Dissertation tends to be theoretical and involves more secondary then primary research. The DSW Project tends to seek a practical solution or outcome for a question or need. It involves more primary then secondary research. Course Content Domains and Requirements Required course domains (or equivalency as assessed and approved by the Dean of Faculty) for Doctoral Degrees in Social Work include: Social welfare and organisational policy; Human growth and development; Abnormal psychology; Systems theory; Special Needs Populations; Social Work methods; Social Work practicum; Research methods; Relevant social work electives; Courses required to be taken at IUGS are as follows, in sequence: Research I (3 credits); Research II (3 credits); Dissertation or Doctoral Project (18 credits) and Dissertation Defense or Oral Project Examination (18 credits); Graduate Seminar (3 credits). A minimum of 85% mastery of examination materials is required. Instructional Requirements, Strategies, and Sequence A total of 93 post-baccalaureate credit hours are required for Doctoral Degrees, a minimum of 27 credits must be taken at IUGS. Some of these may be taken via independent study or at other post-baccalaureate institutions approved by the Dean. Up to 66 post-baccalaureate academic credits may be transferred from other accredited post-baccalaureate academic institutions according to IUGS’s Advanced Standing Academic Credit Transfer Policy. Only grades of “C” or better will be accepted in transfer for academic standing. In addition the students overall average must be “B” or better. Instructional methods include: Review and, as approved, acceptance of previous relevant post-baccalaureate coursework that meets the criteria of IUGS for advanced standing academic credit transfer. As needed, independent study or courses completed at other post-baccalaureate institutions approved by the Dean to complete the required coursework. Assigned readings of texts and academic journal articles. Interactive lectures. Small group discussions. Use of electronic media (Questia online library provided by the University and other selections by the student, mentor, and the Dean). The instructional requirements and sequence include the following coursework to be successfully completed at IUGS: Social Work Research & Design I (3) credits; Social Work Research Design II (3) credits; Upon completion of the research requirements, mentor-based development of the Doctoral Dissertation or Project; Dissertation and Oral Defence or Doctoral Project and Oral Examination (18) credits; On-site oral panel defence of the PhD Dissertation or Oral Examination of the Doctoral Project; The 8-day Graduate Seminar at the 10-day Residency Programme. A minimum of 85% mastery of examination materials. For both Doctoral Degrees, Social Work Research Design I must be completed, approved, and filed before work on Research Design II begins. Social Work Research and Design I and II are prerequisites to undertaking the Dissertation or the Doctoral Project. The Dissertation and Doctoral Project, are not prerequisites for the Graduate Seminar. However, it is recommended that all required coursework prior to the research courses be completed. The Graduate Seminar may be completed at any time during the degree candidate’s matriculation at IUGS, but it must be completed prior to fulfilling their academic requirements. Intended Competencies and Outcomes Upon completion of their degrees, Social Work graduates will demonstrate competencies and outcomes in the following areas of scholarship and practice: Comprehensive knowledge of Social Work theory and practice via literature review, bibliography, and development of annotated outline; Thorough knowledge of research methodologies via formulation of a social work research question and selection of appropriate means of data collection and analysis; Well-developed critical thinking skills, including those of analysis and synthesis, along with divergent and convergent processes; Graduate-level writing skills; Ease with verbal discourse about subject matter via Oral Defence and, when appropriate, round-table discussions with peers; 6. Competent practice skills in social work practice with adults, children, adolescents, organisations, and systems. [-]

PhD in Behaviour and Cognition

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

The focus of this study program is on the foundations and the evolution of nonhuman and human primate behavior. Research projects are undertaken in the fields of psychology, anthropology and evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on comparative approaches. [+]

PhD in Behaviour and CognitionDegree: Dr. rer. nat. or Ph.D.Implementation: Summer and wintersemesterRegular duration: Six semestersApplication: Online-ApplicationApplication deadline and beginning: January 31st for the following summer term; July 31st for the following winter termRequirements: Master in Biology or Psychology, or a related field from the natural sciences; „fast track“ admission from the affiliated master programmes in Psychology or DNB (Developmental, Neural and Behavioural Biology) at the University of Göttingen is possible for outstanding candidates.Language Requirements: Proof of proficiency in English

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The focus of this study programme is on the foundations and the evolution of nonhuman and human primate behavior. Research projects are undertaken in the fields of psychology, anthropology and evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on comparative approaches. Core areas are the evolution of social behavior, group behavior and group coordination, developmental psychology, as well as the cognitive and physiological foundations of behavior. The programme is run by the Faculty of Biology and Psychology of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, the Courant Research Centres „Evolution of Social Behaviour” and „Text structures" and the German Primate Center. Interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange are an important element of this study program.Doctoral students are affiliated with one (or sometimes two) of the research groups of this programme. Each project is supervised by a three-member thesis committee. The exchange across groups and disciplines is fostered by the integration of the doctoral students into the Courant Research Centres „Evolution of Social Behaviour” and „Text structures" funded by the German Initiative of Excellence. Its regular research colloquium provides a platform for progress reports and discussions. Participation in scientific meetings and workshops is encouraged. In addition to the core research, a moderate amount of course work and teaching is required (total number of credits: 20). Summer schools and retreats are an important element of the study program.Students interested in this programme should contact the heads of the labs affiliated with this program to check for open positions and funding possibilities.... [-]