Taught course

Social Work

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Social Work

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) in any subject, or equivalent, plus six months' full or 12 months' part-time relevant experience. We offer some flexibility in our admissions and strongly encourage non-standard applicants (e.g. with lower class of degree, more substantial relevant professional experience, or other experience in and/or a demonstrable aptitude for working with vulnerable adults and children.) You will need a minimum Maths and English qualification at Key Skills level 2 (equivalent to grade C at GSCE.) Preference will be given to applicants with a wide range of relevant experience and a degree classification of 2:1 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

Royal Holloway's 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.

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

This Masters degree runs in close partnership with local social care agencies and local authorities based in inner and outer London boroughs. The course is a combination of a taught and practice curriculum, where you will undertake two fieldwork placements in addition to the College-based teaching over the two years.

We welcome overseas and self-funding students.

Information for international students

English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5, with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 88 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

See https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/feesandfunding/home.aspx

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


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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