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Entry requirements

  • 2:2 degree or higher
  • At least 6 months (fte) relevant social care or equivalent experience
  • Grade C GCSE or equivalent qualification in Maths and English/Welsh first language
  • Mature students who have extensive experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • Admission is based on face-to-face interview of applicants that meet the admissions criteria

It is essential that all students accepted onto the programme successfully complete an Enhanced DBS check, and are able to register with Social Care Wales.

Months of entry


Course content

Bangor University has a long established tradition of offering social work education. The fundamental purpose of such programmes is to equip students to take up professional posts within the social work workforce. To achieve this, the 2 year programme of study includes a suite of core academic modules and a requirement of at least 200 days of assessed practice learning over the two years. The programme must satisfy the requirements of Soclal Care Wales’ ‘Framework for the Degree in Social Work in Wales’ (2012), and successful completion of the programme enables students to register as qualified professional social workers.

The modules and practice learning opportunities are designed to provide students with the required knowledge, skills and values to prepare them for practice as newly qualified social workers. They are informed by the QAA Benchmarks for Social Work (QAA 2016), and the National Occupational Standards for Social Work (Social Care Wales 2012).

To enable us to deliver a programme of this nature, we work closely with Gwynedd, Ynys Môn and Conwy local authorities, who provide placements to our students. Our partners ask that the students they host have bilingual Welsh / English skills. This requirement is in order to meet the needs of their communities and to comply with the right to a Welsh language service under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.

The University has been exploring the possibility of further partnership arrangements with other local authorities, so that we can continue to offer an English medium route on the MA Social Work. However, at this stage we are unable to guarantee that placements for non-Welsh speakers will be available for the 2019-20 academic year.

Information for international students

We regret that we are unable to accept applications from international students for this course.

Fees and funding

Please read our Fees & Finances pages for the most up to date information. You can also find out more about Postgraduate Funding & Scholarships on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1248 383717