Ph.D. Degree Studies
The Ph.D. program aims at encouraging academic excellence and professional leadership, through advancing the student's research and analytical thinking capabilities, and the capacity to evaluate policy and assess services. The program enables the students to deepen their knowledge in a specialized area, improve their scientific skills, and conduct original, empirical study in their field of research. The duration of studies is four years. Upon completion of all requirements, students will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Admission requirements are subject to university regulations. Basic requirements include:
- A bachelor's degree (BA) and a master's degree (MA; thesis track) in social work; or a bachelor's degree (BA) in social work and a master's degree (MA; thesis track) in a related field; or a bachelor's degree (BA) in a related field and a master's degree in social work (MSW; thesis track) in the The Master's Degree Retraining Program, including registration in the Council of Social Workers. Candidates who do not have final documentation for their master’s degree are requested to liaise with the coordinator of Advanced Studies, Mrs. Idit Porat.
- Graduation from a thesis track, with a score of 90 or above for their research thesis.
- Professional experience in the field of social work.
- A final grade of 86 or above in their master's degree.
- The proposed research topic of the dissertation must be relevant to the profession of social work.
* in exceptional cases, we will consider applications from candidates who do not achieve the prerequisite grades as set out in the criteria.
- Departmental Colloquium
- Seminar for doctoral students
- Select workshops for doctoral students
- Statistics for doctoral students
- Qualitative research methods for doctoral students
* the curriculum is subject to change.
PhD students are required to satisfy university requirements in Jewish Studies and English, as detailed in the regulations of the university. Each doctoral student will participate actively in courses and seminars for a period of no less than two years. Courses must be completed during the first two years of the program.
The student must participate in the departmental colloquium during all four years of study. All requirements of the School of Advanced Studies of the University will apply to students of the PhD program in the School of Social Work.
The Application Process
Applications should be submitted, between the January - May 2019, to the Doctoral Committee of the School of Social Work, in accordance with the details on the school's website https://social-work.biu.ac.il/applicants_phd. Suitable candidates will then be requested to submit their applications to the university's School of Graduate Studies. Acceptance is subject to the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
Areas of Specialization
1. Social Issues
Poverty, unemployment, ethnicity, migration and immigration diversity, minority groups, violence, multiculturalism, NGOs, social networks, violence and substance abuse.
2. Management and Community
Leadership and volunteering, client participation, community development and empowerment, community planning, social policy, implementation and innovation in social service provision, models for organizational development, social justice, decision making, business-community relationship., crisis management, conflict resolution.
3. Family Welfare
Young families, the new family, parenthood and grandparenthood, families of children or adults with illness or disabilities, domestic violence, children at risk, intergenerational relations, sex and sexuality, life transitions.
4. Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence
Rights of minors, best interests of the child, out-of-home placement, adolescent violence, children and adolescents in various life situations, risk taking.
5. Elderly People
Emotional and cognitive states, physical health, support systems, ageism, semi-professional workers.
6. Health, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation
Disability, health, mental health, and rehabilitation policy, psycho-social factors in health and illness, adherence to medical treatment, coping with crisis and life transitions, facing traumatic events, post-trauma, fertility and infertility, the social worker's role in health services, suicidal behavior, recovery.
7. Treatment and Intervention Methods
Clinical theories, therapeutic relationship, object relations and psychoanalysis, psychopathology, development of intervention models in social work, group therapy, art therapy, therapeutic work with children and youth, CBT, intervention assessment.
8. Social Work Education
Social work practice, supervision in social work, supervisor-supervisee relations, effectiveness in supervision, collateral relations in supervision, initiation and changes in supervision constructs and processes.
For additional information, please contact Idit Porat, Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs