Taught course

Social Work

Lancaster University · Applied Social Science

Entry requirements

A 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant social science.

As part of your application you will also need to provide confirmation of:

  • GCSE in English and Maths Grade C or above, or its equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2, CSE Grade 1 or O Level Grade C in Maths and English)
  • Relevant experience - we want to ensure you have some relevant understanding before studying with us, and so your personal statement must highlight either experience of voluntary or paid work in a social service or welfare setting, or personal experience with such support. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Candidates with appropriate qualifications will be invited to visit us on campus and undertake a group exercise, an individual interview and a written test.

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. Having acquired your degree, you can apply to register as a social worker with the regulatory body for social workers in England.

The teaching emphasis throughout this MA 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 as part of the your degree you will complete a total of 200 days of placement practice learning (170 days on placement and 30 skills development days in the University). The skills, insights and understanding you will acquire through these practical placements in more than one social work setting not only complement your academic learning at Lancaster but will be critical in informing your development as a social worker and your subsequent professional practice.

Information for international students

English Language: IELTS - Overall score of at least 7.0, with no individual element below 7.0

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Sociology Admissions
+44 (0)1524 593148