Taught course

Social Work

Durham University · Sociology

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. Applicants must also have sufficient recent experience (in employment, as a volunteer, as a service user or carer) in a social care, health care or related voluntary setting to be able to demonstrate an understanding of the capabilities of a social worker.

Months of entry


Course content

The Durham MSW will engage you with the knowledge, skills and values that underpin social work practice with individuals, groups and communities. Academic study is complemented by two practice placements with different service user groups. Practice experience of statutory interventions with children and families or ‘vulnerable adults’ is complemented by opportunities for innovative practice in the voluntary and independent sectors in areas such as family justice, homelessness, substance use, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, community interventions and self-advocacy. With strong involvement of service users, carers and practice partners throughout the course, the MSW provides strong foundations for practice in any field of social work.

Core modules:

Year 1

• Social Work in Practice

• Social Work in Context

• Professional and Personal Development

• Social Work Practice 1.

Year 2

• Research in Social Work

• Advanced Social Work

• Social Work Practice 2.

Fees and funding

Scholarships and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSW
    full time
    21 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This qualification is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council.

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