Taught course

Social Work

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Social Work

Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent and Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English are regarded as an acceptable equivalent).

6 months full time or 12 months part-time relevant experience is required.

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

To complete your application you will need to submit:

  • A copy of your degree certificate if you have completed your degree
  • A copy of your Mathematics and English results at Key Skills level 2 or GCSE level
  • A copy of your CV to include the duration and responsibilities of any voluntary work, part-time work and full-time work you have completed

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 will fully prepare you for a professional career in the statutory or voluntary social work field.

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 where you 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.

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

  • sociology, psychology, social policy and law and their application to social work practice
  • the contribution and application of social research to social work theories and practice
  • the range of statutory, voluntary and private welfare organisations within social work agencies and in health, housing and educational environments
  • the range of theories and methods needed for effective social work practice
  • the social and individual origins of a typical range of needs presented to social work agencies
  • 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.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub-score below 5.5 for non-native English speaking applicants.

See our International pages for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

See our Postgraduate fees and funding pages to find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

NHS Social Work bursaries are available for many of the places on our MSc in Social Work course.The Department of Social Work will select candidates for the bursary on merit in relation to academic ability, previous experience, how well you have completed the admissions activities, your general understanding of social work and commitment to completing the course.

NB The NHS bursary will cover a substantial part of Royal Holloway's MSc course fee but will not cover the full amount. College alumni are eligible for a fee reduction.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Leads to professional social work qualification. PT employment-based course with 1 day per week attendance over 4 terms per annum available.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Professional practice20
Dissertation20 (10000 words)

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