Taught course

Social Work

Lancaster University · Applied Social Science

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, GCSE in English and Maths Grade C or above, or its equivalent, and relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme, which offers both an academic award and a professional qualification in social work, prepares you for a career in a broad range of social work agencies and settings. On successful completion of the course you can apply to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council.

The teaching emphasis is on issues relevant to social work practice in contemporary Britain, and explores the ways in which sociology, law, social policy and psychology inform and enhance professional social work.

We work in partnership with local stakeholders, including the main statutory and voluntary social work agencies in the North West, and the programme offers 200 days of placement practice learning (170 days on placement and 30 skills development days in the University).

The NHS Business Services Authority offers some bursaries for the MA/PgDip in Social Work. See www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students.aspx


· Policy and Legal Contexts of Social Work

· The Research Minded Practitioner

· Preparation for Practice 1 and 2

· Social Work in Adult Social Care

· Social Work with Children and Families

· Social Work and Young People

· Social Divisions and Social Diversity

· Mental Distress and Health

· Social Work and Drug Use

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Year 1 fee £7,240, Year 2 fee £5,420
International students
ear 1 fee £16,430, Year 2 fee £12,310


Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
21 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148
+44 (0)1524 592475