Entry requirements

A UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1); or overseas equivalent and Grade C or grade 4 GCSE English and Mathematics or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English are regarded as an acceptable equivalent).

A minimum of 6 months full time or 12 months part-time relevant experience working with vulnerable adults or children is required at the point of application. Preference will be given to applicants with a wide range of relevant experience and a 2:1 or above degree classification and overseas applicants must have an equivalent level of experience.

Applicants with 2:2 (Honours) degree classification and extensive relevant experience will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Social Work is an accelerated programme for applicants who already have a first degree and want to embark on a career in social work. This two year course, delivered at our Central London Campus, will fully prepare you for a professional career in social work.

This course runs in close partnership with social work and social care agencies and local authorities based in inner and outer London boroughs as well as neighbouring counties. Students will benefit from two practice learning placements – experiencing the world of social work first hand, learning from direct practice with qualified practitioners, service users, carers and other professionals. Practice based learning is integrated with college-based teaching and learning throughout the programme.

The combination of a taught and practice curriculum breaks down barriers between practice, policy and research, meaning you will emerge from the course as a critically reflective practitioner who can work for the most vulnerable in society within an anti-oppressive framework.

The Department of Social Work has a longstanding tradition of providing excellent social work education and training and has produced a wide range of research that has been highly influential in the development of social work practice.

More information on the MSc Social Work degree and how to apply can be found in the flyer here.

On completion of the degree, you will have advanced knowledge of:

  • Social work theories, psychology, social policy, law and organisational theories and their application to social work practice
  • Skills and methods applicable in a wide range of social work environments, working with people across the lifespan
  • Critical reflection and its application to critical social work practice
  • The contribution and application of social research to social work theories and practice
  • Values and ethics relevant to social work practice based on social justice
  • The significance of inequalities and difference in working with organisations and social service users
  • the significance of cultural diversity and anti-discriminatory practice in working with organisations, service users and carers

Royal Holloway MSc Social Work students benefit from the added value of Child Observation and Critical Reflection seminars.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Social Work Admissions
+44 (0)1784 276883