MSc Social Work

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    MSc 2 years full-time

Course Description

The MSc Social Work provides you with the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work at masters’ level. This is a generic social work qualification that equips students with the skills, ethical principles, deep knowledge, critical awareness and reflexivity needed to pursue a career in social work in any field.

Successful students are eligible to apply to the social work regulator Social Work England SWE for professional registration.

On this practice-based social work course, your studies will be supervised by experienced practitioners, and you can expect an induction, a protected workload and a study day most weeks while on placement.

Why choose this course?

  • Study the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for social work practice at qualification level with adults and children in the private, voluntary and independent sectors.
  • Explore the role of social work, its inter-relationship with other disciplines and the ethical base for practice where initiative is balanced with accountability to employers, the profession, service-users and carers.
  • Develop a deep and systematic understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches and acquire the skills necessary for analytical research-informed practice.
  • Gain skills in critical reflexivity and emotional literacy which underpin collaborative social work practice and proactive professional development.
  • Benefit from classroom and placement activities which will enable you to develop collaborative and communication abilities that can be applied to complex problem-solving tasks.

Entry Requirements

UK applicants:

English GCSE Grade C or level 4 (or equivalent)

  • Maths GCSE Grade C or level 4 (or equivalent)
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Health screening
  • 2.1 Honours degree
  • All successful applicants must also have achieved at least Key Skills level 2 in English and Mathematics. This would normally be equivalent to grade C in the GCSE examination in English and Mathematics. International applicants must have achieved IELTS Level 7 in order to be considered.
  • All applicants should be able to demonstrate aptitude and commitment to a career in social work by providing significant evidence of experience of working with people in need, in a voluntary or paid capacity.
  • Applicants must confirm their ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
  • If you have relevant prior experience and /or certificated learning you may be able to claim RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) in accordance with the University’s published criteria and up to a maximum of 60 academic credits at M level.

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Programme Funding

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and from the University.

Student Destinations

Approved by Social Work England (SWE), this course offers a rewarding career path.

In addition to gaining a postgraduate qualification, successful students are eligible to apply to the social work regulator Social Work England for professional registration, and when registered will be able to pursue a professional social work career in a range of settings.

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