Taught course

Master of Social Work

Kingston University · Social Work

Entry requirements

  • A degree at 2:1 or above, normally in a social science subject.
  • Demonstrable experience in the social care sector, obtained through paid employment or as a volunteer or user/carer experience; and have other work/life experience related to the sector or likely to be of value to the sector.
  • All applicants must confirm prior to interview that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.

Months of entry


Course content

We are looking for motivated and talented graduates with the potential to become registered social workers.

In this two-year programme, you will be taught by social work academics who have teaching, research and practice expertise spanning the range of specialist social work fields.

The depth and breadth of academic expertise and experience is a major strength of the programme. This prepares students to become social workers in their chosen areas of specialist social work practice, equipped with a broad range of theory and evidence.

The programme is underpinned by a psycho-social and life-course approach, encouraging critical thinking and anti-discriminatory practice in response to the needs of people and communities.

The Masters of Social Work is accredited by Social Work England. On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register as a social worker with Social Work England, the professional regulator.

We provide social work education in partnership with a diverse range of local authorities and voluntary sector organisations. A key arrangement with social work employers involves a partnership called 'Developing Together'. This provides strong and mutually supportive relationships between the university and social work employers. Experienced social workers and people with lived experience of social care contribute to your learning and development over the duration of the programme. We have a state of the art innovative skills lab to help you to learn and develop practice skills, preparing you for field learning in two practice placements.

The Masters of Social Work at Kingston has an international perspective, attracting students from countries outside of the UK. We have a track record of educating students from the United States, who have gone on to work as licensed social workers in the US.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSW
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Kathleen Henderson
+44 (0)20 8417 5141