Social Work and Public Health

  • The Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health's internationally recognised research plays an important role in developing new standards of care in social work and public health settings, and creates a supportive and collaborative community in which to study.

    The department offers a supportive and collaborative research community, giving you the chance to develop your research skills together with knowledge of your chosen subject. Much of our research is interdisciplinary and we work with health, social care and education professionals as well as partners in the charitable and voluntary sectors.

    We offer the following research degrees:

    • MPhil
    • PhD.

    Research areas

    We are interested in supervising research students whose projects focus on the wellbeing of children and families, on drug and alcohol issues, on pregnancy and childbirth and on the prevention of poor health and disease, especially where behavioural risk factors are a major determinant.

    You can undertake research degrees in the following areas:

    • Child and adolescent health behaviour
    • Behavioural determinants of health and disease
    • Childhood obesity
    • Child protection and safeguarding
    • Health visiting, school nursing, midwifery
    • Development and evaluation of preventive and early interventions and screening
    • Drug and alcohol treatment and recovery
    • Vulnerable drug-using populations
    • Recreational drug use
    • Hazardous alcohol consumption
    • Systematic reviews and secondary analysis.