Entry requirements

The following entry criteria must be met:

Normally a 2.1 classification in an undergraduate Honours degree. A lower degree classification may be considered, on a case by case basis, depending on other postgraduate qualifications or experience.

English Language and Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or Functional Skills Level 2)

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (Enhanced and Barred Lists) check

A satisfactory health check is undertaken through a student self-declaration and an Occupational Health referral, if appropriate, to meet the Social Work England requirements for registration.

You would be expected to have some general knowledge of social services and broad social problems before you start your course. Although it is not a requirement for entry, relevant experience is recommended. You should possess a driver’s licence by the time of your first placement, to support your placement experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

The MA degree in Social Work provides the training necessary for you to apply to register as a social worker in England. You will develop knowledge and experience through both university and practice settings to prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career. You will develop both the understanding, skills and competence to make a difference in people’s lives.

Applications for this course can be made on the UCAS website using the course code L501.

The course focuses on developing your skills to engage with a diverse range of people, both adults and children, to address complex life challenges and enhance wellbeing. This will equip you to work in an exciting profession, promoting the rights and wellbeing of people, families and communities, through establishing and maintaining the trust and confidence of those people while acting with professional integrity and promoting ethical practice.

The social work programme meets current Social Work England Qualifying Education and Standards as well as Professional Standards and BASW. The programme and is led by research-active academic staff with contributions from social work practitioners, service users and carers as well as other professionals.

By the end of the programme, successful graduates will be eligible can apply to register as social workers with Social Work England.

Graduates from the MA programmes have consistently demonstrated high rates of progression into relevant employment.

We also offer a Professional Doctorate in Social Work for already registered social work practitioners. More information is available at the following links:

Information for international students

IELTS - An overall score of 7 is required with no less than 6.5 in each subtest taken in one sitting.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details