Best universities offering PhD in Social Work degree programs:

The University of Manchester (UK)
- It offers the Social Work PhD program which can be completed in 36 months Full-time, or 72 months Part-time.
- PhD students have the option of studying using a distributed learning (DL) route.
- Research at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has established an acclaimed national and international reputation. It was placed top of the table for nursing and midwifery research in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.

Rutgers University (US)
- The School of Social Work, in conjunction with the Graduate School-New Brunswick, offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (Ph.D.). The Ph.D. program is ranked 9th nationally in faculty publications by Academic Analytics.
- The University is one of the nation's outstanding public universities, and a member of the highly selective Association of American Universities (AAU).

Loyola University Chicago (US)
- The School of Social Work offers a Ph.D. in Social Work degree.
- Students must complete all Ph.D. degree requirements, including the dissertation, within eight years of beginning the first course at Loyola University Chicago.
- U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the top national universities in its annual publications.

University of Tennessee (US)
- The College of Social Work offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in social work.
- The college's Doctral program consistently receives strong, positive reviews from the University and national recognition from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
- In US News & World Report's rankings of graduate schools of social work (2008), the UT College of Social Work is ranked 26th overall and 15th among public universities.

Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada)
- The Social Work PhD program was introduced in 1995. The program provides regionally relevant and accessible, advanced and specialized education in social work.
- Memorial is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. It has been featured in the SJTU World university rankings, listed among the Top 500 institutions.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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