Entry requirements

First class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject discipline.

First class or upper second class honours degree in an unrelated subject and demonstration of significant social work related experience at an appropriate level, gained either in a paid or voluntary capacity, or experience as a service user/carer.

If your degree classification is a 2:2, this will not preclude consideration of your application as a range of factors are taken into account for admission to the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

SSocial work requires a skilled, knowledgeable and creative approach to support and protect some of the most vulnerable people in society at all stages of their lives.

Our MA in Social Work is offered through a two year full-time route. It is approved by the regulatory body for the profession, Social Work England (SWE). On successful completion of the programme students will be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker with the SWE.

The course has academic, practice and skills components; teaching is done mostly through lectures, seminars and presentations with input from academic tutors, external practitioners and people with lived experience of services (experts by experience). The practice component involves placement learning opportunities in a social work-related agency and organisation with the support of practice educators and onsite supervisors.

The teaching of social work is long-established at the University with taught sessions taking place on the main campus, centrally located in the historic, bustling city of Canterbury. Our newly built skills facilities include HYDRA simulated skills suite and court room, allowing you to learn and develop hands-on practical incident and critical analysis, court and report writing skills.

The MA Social Work course has three main integrated areas of learning - the study of academic modules, skills development, and practice placements (70-day and 100-day placements).

Social work is underpinned by the core value of inclusion of disempowered, marginalised and socially excluded groups. Understanding the principles of social justice and recognition of structural inequalities that impact on these groups is important. You will examine the role society, including governments play in perpetuating or addressing discrimination through social policies, and inequality that may arise due to deep rooted problems and other intersecting factors that impact individual’s welfare.

Through research, you are also able to explore your own preconceptions in a safe and supported environment and are introduced to these notions/factors, which places an emphasis on inclusivity of all, and the development of listening skills and enabling everyone to have a voice.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to build on your previous experience and educational studies to develop the skills and knowledge required for effective social work practice

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England (SWE). Social work is a respected professional qualification and there are a range of opportunities in different fields. The course is a generic course enabling graduates to work in a full range of settings, for example in statutory social work for local authorities, private or voluntary agencies, in research or policy development. A high percentage of our graduates gain employment with local employers.

You will leave us equipped with core specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with issues in areas including child protection/safeguarding, fostering and adoption, adult safeguarding, mental health, substance use, disability, among others.

Continuing professional development is a requirement for all professionals and the opportunity to progress to supervisory and managerial roles is reflected in the Professional Capabilities Framework (British Association of Social Work).

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
01227 928000