Taught course

Social Work

Goldsmiths, University of London · Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Entry requirements

Please check the programme page for details.

Months of entry


Course content

The primary objective of this programme is to equip you with the values, knowledge and skill-base you'll need to practise as a social worker. Within a framework of anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice, it offers a professional training for social work practice in local authority social services departments, hospitals, clinics and voluntary organisations.

This programme provides the opportunity to reflect critically on social work in contemporary society, developing your personal and professional perspectives. It is taught in conjunction with the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Bexley, Brent, Croydon, Kensington and Chelsea, and three voluntary agencies: the Cassel Centre and the South East Region of the NSPCC.

Why study MA Social Work at Goldsmiths?

  • This masters programme is ideal if you are a graduate, with relevant experience interested in pursuing a professional career in social work
  • It prepares you according to the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency – Social Workers in England and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), the Quality Assurance Agency subject benchmark for social work, and the Department of Health's requirements for social work training
  • Social work education at Goldsmiths has a long and distinguished record – we house one of the most respected social work units in the UK, and you will be taught by established social work academics and associate lecturers who have considerable research and/or practice experience in their fields
  • You will cover areas of human growth and development; community; needs and services; law and organisational contexts of social work; and research methods. Specific learning will include mental health and disability, and social work processes of assessment, planning, intervention and review
  • The Masters includes practice placements in two settings and with different service user groups, so you'll be able to gain invaluable real world experience
  • We'll encourage you to think deeply about human rights and social justice, and to embed these values in your practice
  • You will develop your skills for reflective and evidence-based practice and will be able to further your research mindedness
  • Our graduates have gone on to work in local authority children's services departments, adult services departments, and independent sector and voluntary sector agencies such as the NSPCC, Family Action and Mind, and a recent graduate was named Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year 2013

Fees and funding

UK students
Home/EU - full-time: £8640
International students
International - full-time: £18900

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300