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Entry requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline. GCSE Grade C or above in Mathematics and English or equivalent before application. Appropriate and relevant experience. Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB). All candidates subject to interview and satisfactory health check.

All applicants must apply for this programme via UCAS.

Months of entry


Course content

The main aim of the MA in Social Work is to produce competent, reflective, analytical and research-minded social workers, who are vocationally qualified, with advanced knowledge and skills to bring about innovations through collaborative practice and continuous learning.

The programme was first accredited by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in August 2010. It was recently revised in line with the new requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Social Work (TCSW). Accordingly, the new programme was approved by the HCPC, endorsed by TCSW and revalidated by the University procedures in March 2013.

The new programme was developed in consultation with Social Care Service Users and Stakeholders, who are also actively involved in delivery of the programme. Practising social care professionals ensure teaching is relevant to the cutting edge of today's social work agenda and teaching methods facilitate participative learning.

Why choose this subject

· Choose this subject if you want to make a difference to people’s lives and feel passionate and committed to social justice.

· Our students say: “The MA in Social Work delivered at Hope gives prospective Social Workers an opportunity to engage with what I have found to be a unique blend of traditional, mainstream and radical ideas on Social Work which is also underpinned by current and critical and cutting edge teaching and research” (David Christie, MA student).

· The student intake each year is limited to 25 students – you will get to know the teaching team well and also have the opportunity to develop excellent peer group support.

· The team has expertise in children and family social work, theorising childhood, racism and anti-racist social work, mental health and mental health user movements, youth justice, radical social work histories, community engagement and international social work.

· Successful completion leads to the University Award of MA Social Work or Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work with eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.

· The Masters qualification is highly regarded by employers.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

UK Student Recruitment
+44 (0)151 291 3111