24 months
18900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Social Policy and Social Work programme from University of York is supported by a commitment to an international standard of research.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key Features

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, the Social Policy and Social Work programme from University of York was ranked third overall for research quality in the UK and equal first for its impact.

You will be part of a Graduate School with a wide range of backgrounds from across the globe, making our Department one of the most academically stimulating to study in, and you will have the opportunity to participate in seminars to explore ideas with other Graduate School students and researchers. Furthermore, as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre you will have access to high quality training and research networks.

You may be eligible to apply for a scholarship to fund your PhD. Any such scholarships will be advertised here and on the @SPSW Twitter feed. 

In the last two years we have been very successful and won seven scholarships for our PhD applicants from the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP). Please visit the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership for more information.   

Programme Structure

We are able to offer supervision in a wide range of areas largely focused around the following topics: 
  • Childhood, youth, family  Housing Welfare and poverty  Mental health
  • Comparative & global social policy, Health and social care, Crime

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will be normally expected to hold an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree, although if you have other relevant experience, you can discuss your options with Professor Christine Skinner.
  • If you wish to pursue research on a social work topic, you should also have a good background in social work theory and practice. Likewise, if you wish to do research in social policy, you should have a firm background in the subject. 
  • Applicants are expected to have a good grounding in research methods.
  • In addition to the materials set out by postgraduate admissions you will be required to submit a research proposal of up to 3,000 words.
  • Please note that potential supervisors are unable to comment on proposals prior to submission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU Part-time: £9,450

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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