Taught course

Social Work

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Social Work and Social Change

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at upper second class (2:1) or above. Applicants with a lower second class (2:2) will be considered on an individual basis depending on their experience.

All applicants will also require GCSE English Language at Grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Key Skills) may be considered.

Demonstration of a genuine commitment to social work and social justice is essential. Relevant experience and employment is highly desirable as is previous study in social science or related areas.

Please note that this course does not follow traditional term dates due to the requirements of practice placements.

Months of entry


Course content

At the heart of social work is the promotion of human rights and social justice, and the protection of individuals and their families. It aims to bring about change through working in partnership with individuals, families and communities often at the point of distress and vulnerability.

Our MA Social Work course is approved by Social Work England*. This means, when you graduate, you can apply for professional registration to practice as a registered social worker.

This two-year, full-time masters degree is designed for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to become registered social work practitioners. We'll make sure that you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the professional standards by the time you complete your course.

As a registered social worker, you’ll work within health and social care teams, including statutory, independent and voluntary services. As a social worker, you’ll work in partnership with a range of professionals across many services and disciplines, including health, the police and housing. You’ll often be in situations that are complex and challenging but you’ll be working towards bringing about positive changes for individuals, families and communities.

It can be difficult to appreciate the difference social workers make until you’ve experienced professional practice – and that’s why you’ll complete work-based placements in both years of this course.

*This course was approved by the previous social work regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council. From 2 December 2019, responsibility for the approval of courses transferred to Social Work England. This course remains approved by Social Work England. This means that people qualifying from this course can apply to become a registered social worker.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Two-year full-time course with 100-day practice placements in the first year and second year.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969