Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PHDSW)

Updated on 20 Mar, 2018

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PHDSW)

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 5 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 14,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


An MPhil and a Post-Graduate degree in Social Work with minimum fifty-five percent marks (fifty percent marks for SC/ST/PH candidates) or an equivalent grade from a university or a recognised institution of higher learning.
Masters degree in Social Work with minimum fifty-five percent marks (fifty percent marks for SC/ST/PH candidates) or an equivalent grade from a university or a recognised institution of higher learning and five years of teaching/research/extension/ administration/health care/ social welfare/professional experience at senior level.

Those not having MPhil can pursue PhD by successfully completing 32 credits worth of course work.

The PhD Programme in the social work will enable candidates from across the county, and particularly from far-flung areas and states/union territories, where there are no schools of social work, to pursue their research work leading to a doctoral degree.

Currently, the school has admitted three Research and Teaching Assistantship (RTAs) in 2009 for its doctoral programme in social work.

The Doctoral Programme in Social Work aims at training professionals (both teachers and practitioners) in the skills and competence related to the systematic investigation of various issues and problems in the area of Social Work. At this level, the study is expected to provide new and original insights into the problem or the area under investigation. The PhD Programme of IGNOU can be pursued by those who possess an MSW./MA (Social Work) degree. 

IGNOU had introduced a unique scheme of IGNOU-DEC Research and Teaching Assistantships (RTA), which is designed to meet the high-quality human resource requirements in teaching and research in the area of the highly technology intensive open and distance learning-ICT, web, satellite based and online learning in various disciplines of higher education, including Social Work.

The scheme is open to post-graduate holders in Social Work with consistently top academic record and who would like to do teaching and research in discipline of Social Work.

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CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 MSW-005  Social Work Practicum and Supervision  1
 MSWE-001  HIV/AIDS : Stigma, Discrimination and Prevention  1
 MSW -002  Origin And Development Of Social Work In India  1
 PHDSW-001  Research Methods and Computer Applications  8
 PHDSW-001  Research Methods and Computer Applications  8
 PHDSW-002  Theoretical Frameworks and Review of Studies in Social Work  4
 PHDSW-003  International Social Work  4
 PHDSW-004  Disaster Management  1
 PHDSW-006  Social Case  6
 PHDSW-007  Social Group Work  6
 PHDSW-008  Community Organization  6
 PHDSW-009  Generalist Practice  6


Teleconferencing is a one-way video and two-way audio facility. Teleconferencing will be held every month. During teleconferencing session, you will get an opportunity to interact by phone in facility or fax with the resource persons/experts who participate in teleconferencing session and clear your doubts immediately.

The teleconferencing facility will be available at the Regional Centre and Selected Study Centres. The teleconferencing schedule will be sent to the Programme In-charge and Regional Director who would inform the students. Teleconferencing is done through Gyan Darshan Channel. Students must regularly attend these sessions. These will help them clarify doubts and interact with other learners all over the country.

Radio Counselling

Radio counselling will be held through FM and students can ask questions free of cost with phone in facilities right from their homes. A toll free telephone number 110012345 has been provided for this purpose.


The Programme will also be telecast through DD Metro channel and schedule will be informed to students in advance.

Audio-video Programme

Audio and video programmes for each course have been prepared to support learning for the students. These Audio-video programmes in the form of cassettes are available at all Programme Study Centres. These Audio and video cassettes will be provided for viewing and listening. They can also hire the cassettes for viewing and listening.


Students will be required to complete seventy-five percent attendance in theory counselling to become eligible for appearing in Term-end Examination. Similarly, they will be required to complete ninety percent attendance in practical contact sessions to become eligible for appearing in practical examination.

Continuous Evaluation of Theory Component


Assignment is a means of continuing assessment of theory and practical. Assignments will help you to recapitulate the theory and go back to the text again in case students are unable to answer a particular question. Thus assignments also help to reinforce learning in distance learning system of education. These assignments consist of a set of questions and activities that you will answer at your own place by referring your blocks. The assignments will cover all types of questions (long answer type, short answer type, objective type, multiple choice questions and case studies).

 The assignments will carry thirty percent weightage. Students will be required to obtain fifty percent marks as pass percentage in each assignment separately. Each assignment will carry 100 marks. In the final result assignments will carry thirty percent weightage.


As stated earlier, term-end examination is the major component of the evaluation system and if carries seventy percent weightage in the Final result. The University conducts term-end examination twice a year i.e., in June and December. They can take the examination only after completion of the course, failing which students can take the same in December or June of subsequent years years within the total span of the programme. In case any student fail to get a pass score in the Tern-end Examination, the person will be eligible to reappear at the next Term-end Examination for that course as and when if is held, within the total span of the Programme.

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