The first of its kind in the UK, this MA builds upon our established reputation as a leading provider of advice related higher education courses.

Do you work or hope to work in the Advice Sector? Want to take your skills and understanding further with a leading industry-recognised qualification?

Staffordshire University’s Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice MA allows advisers of all kinds to achieve a unique masters degree through our well-established Distance Learning methods.

Expanding on existing advice undergraduate degrees first established in 2003, and our professional accreditation course (Certificate of Credit in Money Advice Practice), this course sets a new standard for the professional educational needs of the advice sector.

Why choose this course?

  • Flexible study designed to fit around your work and personal life via our established online distance learning network
  • 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources, including e-journals, databases and e-books to support your learning
  • Support form a dedicated teaching staff with strong and current links with the sector
  • The opportunity to carry out supervised research in an area relating to your field of interest.
  • Valuable knowledge and skills designed to enhance your professional progress


Study Details:

MA 3 years Distance Learning

Module Details:


  • Advice Work Practice
  • Social Welfare Policy and Social Context
  • Social Welfare Law and Practice
  • Equality, Human Rights and Diversity
  • Negotiated Independent Study Module
  • Research
  • Dissertation or Project

Each module has been designed with the assistance of our partners in the sector, ensuring the course meets the needs of a broad range of advice practitioners in areas such as Welfare rights, Money Advisers, Housing Advisers and Social welfare.

Teaching is delivered by a team with considerable sector experience. It includes current managers and members of trustee boards across, ensuring our staff are well-positioned to support your learning and maximise your potential by building on your existing experience.

Each module is delivered online through Blackboard VLE, using interactive discussions to support your learning around work commitments. All students therefore need reliable access to the internet.


Fees: £33 per credit

Entry Requirements


  • Applicants need to have an undergraduate degree (grade 2:2 or higher)
  • You will also ideally have experience working in the advice sector
  • The course team will consider each application on merit to assess your suitability to join

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