Journal Article

Professional Doctorate Programmes in Social Work: The Current State of Provision in the UK

Jonathan Scourfield

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 2, pages 567-582
Published in print March 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn139
Professional Doctorate Programmes in Social Work: The Current State of Provision in the UK

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The paper presents the findings of a survey of UK professional doctorate programmes that have a social work element. The aim was to provide an initial description of the extent and nature of current provision. The survey was conducted via academic community e-mail lists and followed up with telephone interviews. Findings are presented about the universities offering programmes, longevity of programmes, numbers of students, students' employment and employer support, degree nomenclature, programme structure, successful aspects of programmes and their approach to handling the relationship between research and practice. Some tentative conclusions are presented about the possible ways forward for social work professional doctorates and avenues for further research about these degrees.

Keywords: Practitioner research; Research and evaluation; Social work education; doctoral study

Journal Article.  6080 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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