Taught course

Social Work

Swansea University · Social Work, Social Policy and Social Research

Entry requirements

Normally an initial degree (usually an upper 2.2 or above) in one of the social sciences and GCSE Maths grade A*-C or a Swansea University approved equivalent. All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness and understanding of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers. Applicants must register as a student Social Worker once accepted on to the programme. Applicants must have obtained a minimum of 210 hours social care work experience within the last 5 years. This may involve voluntary or paid work in social care with individuals, groups or communities. International applicants are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains.

Months of entry


Course content

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Social Work is about change and human growth through supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and local communities.

Social Work has been an established course at Swansea University for many years and combines a commitment to both academic excellence and practical learning. There are strong links between the Department and Social Services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.

The Master's degree in Social Work lays the foundation for students’ continuing professional development. It also reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales.

Qualifying students will be:

  • equipped to understand and work within the context of a profession whose nature, scope and purpose can be the subject of contested debate
  • able to critically analyse, adapt to, manage and eventually lead the process of required changes in social work, delivery of social services, and social care policy and law
  • prepared to promote bilingual service provision in Wales and to be able to critically reflect on the importance of the Welsh context as a cultural, social and historical landscape for social work practice

This qualification is also recognised by Care Councils in other UK nations.

Modules typically include:

  • Theories and Perspectives for Informing Social Work
  • Social Work Skills and Knowledge in Practice
  • Critical Practice in Child Care and Law
  • Ethics and Values in Social Work
  • Undertaking and Using Social Work Research for Practice
  • Dissertation in Social Work Research and Evidence for Practice
  • Critical Practice in Adult Care and Law

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

College of Human and Health Science
+44 (0)1792 606677