Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


  • Social Work at Oxford Brookes offers a supportive and collaborative research community, giving you the chance to develop your research skills together with knowledge of your chosen subject.

    We take a holistic approach to individual, family, community and societal well-being, and have strong partnerships with external research centers and practitioners including:

    • The Oxford University REES Centre for Research in Fostering and Education
    • Oxford City Council's Looked After Children Team
    • Community Glue (a community-based social enterprise for people using health and care services)
    • KEEN (a charity for children with physical disability)
    • The British Association of Social Workers, among several others.

    Our research covers a diverse range of fields, ensuring that we are delivering current, evidence-informed knowledge and skills for all levels of professionals. We also collaborate across the disciplines to ensure that we are at the forefront of informing and influencing current policy and practice.

    Much of the research has an international impact. For example, findings from a recent large, systematic review of school-based alcohol prevention could result in reduced costs for health care and social services across the globe. Results from a substantial survey of factors that affect resilience in social work students could have a significant positive impact on the recruitment and long-term retention of social workers entering into the profession. 

    You can undertake research degrees in areas such as children and families, drugs and alcohol, and inter-professional education and collaborative practice. You will be supported throughout your studies by a supervisory team who you will meet on a regular basis and have many additional opportunities to share your progress with other researchers and research students. There are opportunities to participate in the faculty’s annual research conference and to attend research seminars, including research training seminars.