Masters | Postgraduate Course - Social Work MA Course Details within University of Plymouth

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Social Work MA

Study Details

MA 2 years full-time (with placements)

Professionally recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our practice-led degree allows you to achieve professional competency and an ability to relate academic theory and knowledge to social work practice. You'll develop knowledge of social work theories and methods of assessment and intervention, as well as reflective approaches to human needs and behaviour, current social policy and law. You’ll leave us well prepared for employment in social care.

Key features

  • Achieve a qualification with a degree recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) allowing you to apply to register as a social worker with the HCPC.
  • Develop professionally by spending 170 days in supervised practice settings - with placement opportunities in agencies, in statutory and voluntary sectors throughout the South West.
  • Benefit from a bursary to support you in your studies – available to many students.
  • Achieve a highly desirable qualification in social work.
  • Excellent employability - 95 per cent of our September 2013 graduates are in employment.
  • Our teaching staff - who are leading the way in their subjects, carrying out internationally respected research - will inspire you.
  • Learn from qualified social work practitioners.
  • Gain experience first-hand with the involvement of service users and carers throughout the programme.

Module details

Core modules

  • SCW701 Social Policy and Law 
  • SCW702 Professional Practice 
  • SCW703 Contemporary Social Work Theories and Issues 
  • SCW704 Ethics and Values for Social Workers 
  • SCW705 Research for Social Work Practice 
  • SCW706 Integrated Practice I 

 Final year

Core modules

  • SCW707 Integrated Practice II 
  • SCW708 Dissertation 

Entry Requirements


Mathematics and English at grade C or above. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application.


2.2 honours degree or above.

You must also have a minimum of 12 months social care experience. This can be in a voluntary capacity working within a range of groups considered vulnerable or marginalised from society.

Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or Mathematics.