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 Minneapolis + 1 more

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 Minneapolis + 1 more

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 Public and Social Policy

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 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. [+]

PhDs in Social Work. 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... [-]

PhD in Social Work

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Greece Athens Cyprus Nicosia + 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... [-]

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... [-]

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. [+]

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... [-]

Doctorate in Social Work

International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Campus Part time September 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. [+]

PhDs in Social Work. 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... [-]

PhD in Social Work

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 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. [+]

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 Behaviour and Cognition

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen Austria Innsbruck Italy Rome Padua Serbia Belgrade Chile Talca Hannover Braunschweig Clausthal-Zellerfeld + 12 more

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

Brief Description

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... [-]