MA Social Work

Course Overview

The aim of our MA in Social Work is to provide students, who already hold a first degree, with a professional social work qualification at Master's level. The course will enable you to be a confident, competent, qualified social work practitioner. We offer a well established course with a national reputation for producing high-calibre workers. Our course is designed, managed and delivered by a Programme Management Board that includes practice placement agencies, students, lecturers and practitioners. Stakeholder involvement ensures that our course maintains a dynamic, outward-looking approach towards social work education with a clear focus on the needs of service users.

On completion of the MA in Social Work you will have: Knowledge and Understanding of social work services and service users; the service delivery context; values and ethics; social work theory; the nature of social work practice.

Discipline skills in assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities; support of individuals to represent their needs, views and circumstances; the management of risk to users, self and colleagues; workload management and accountability; self reflective practice and professional competence.

Transferable skills in the use of communication and information technology and numerical skills; problem solving skills including: problem management, information gathering, analysis and synthesis, intervention and evaluation; communication skills; skills in working with others; skills in personal and professional development.

Entry Requirements

An English qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above

A Maths qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above

A relevant undergraduate Honours degree at 2:1

By the time you start the course you should have acquired current and relevant underpinning knowledge from psychology, sociology and social policy, at a level which will allow you to complete the MA (Social Work)

Applicants who have not acquired such knowledge in completing their first degrees or who obtained their degrees several years ago should consider what further study and/ or reading is required as well as study skills revision to prepare you for this level of study. You may need to consider enrolment on foundation level courses at your local university or distance learning packages, such as the Open University's 'Introducing the social sciences'

By the time you start the course, you should have obtained relevant work experience (voluntary or paid) during the past 2 years, equivalent to a minimum of 6 months full-time work (approx. 910 hours), and include experience of working with vulnerable groups in Britain

Level of English Required: IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent

Fees & Finance

Tuition Fee: TBC -  at least £3,730 for UK domiciled students; TBC - at least £12,100 for international students

Financial assistance may be available for this course »


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Stage I

YEAR I - Part One

60 Credits - 4 x Compulsory Modules 

 Ethics, Professionalism and Reflective Practice (10 Credits)
 Interviewing and Communication Skills (10 Credits)
 Practice Placement Learning 1 (80-day placement from May-September)(20 Credits)
 Social Work Theories and Methods (20 Credits)

YEAR I - Part Two

60 Credits - 3 x Compulsory Modules

Law for Social Work (20 Credits) 
Social Work with Adults (20 Credits) 
Social Work with Children and Families (20 Credits)

Stage II

YEAR II - Part One

20 Credits - Compulsory Practice Placement

Practice Placement Learning 2 - 120 day placement from January-July 2011 (20 Credits)

YEAR II - Part Two

40 Credits - 2 x Compulsory Modules

Inter-professional Working (20 Credits)
Social Research (20 Credits)

How to Apply

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This course is taught in the Division of Social Work and Social Care

Enjoys a solid reputation for its research with strong endorsement of local and regional employers


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