PhD Social Work (4 years) / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2022
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How to apply
See full guidance on how to choose a project and submit an application on our website . You should then complete the online admissions application form to apply for this programme. Ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, or this may delay the processing of your application.
You must submit your application for a postgraduate research programme before the relevant deadline to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these deadlines have passed.
- January 2022 entry: 31 October 2021
- April 2022 entry: 15 January 2022
- September 2022 entry: 15 June 2022
Advice to applicants
- a research proposal (see below for more details);
- personal statement (see below for more details);
- evidence of assurances about study leave where appropriate;
- formal confirmation of funding status, e.g. a letter from your sponsor or documentary evidence of your ability to meet all fees and living costs;
- a current CV;
- transcripts of your academic qualifications, including the marks obtained for individual modules, as well as the overall grade.
We are not able to process applications until we receive the required documentation.
About the research proposal
Your proposal should be 2,500 words (+/- 10%) long and include the following sections.
- Background (previous research in the area and own interest in the topic).
- Research problem and study aims/research questions.
- Relevance of the proposed study to Manchester's research priorities and strengths in midwifery.
- Proposed study design, with justification for choice.
- Overview of proposed data collection methods and analysis techniques, with justification for choice.
- Unique contribution of the study to knowledge (what new knowledge might your study provide).
- Brief consideration of practical and ethical issues.
- References (these are not included in the word limit).
About the personal statement
Your personal statement should be approx. 1,000 words in length and must provide details on your:
- career development to date and why you wish to apply for PhD study;
- future career plans;
- research experience (emphasis on best project);
- research interests (area and methods);
- other supporting information: recent publications if any (indicate best publication) or other research training and experience.
Candidates will be required to attend an interview with their prospective supervisor as well as an independent Postgraduate Tutor. If it is not possible for you to attend in person, we are able to interview by Zoom/video conferencing.