Taught course

International Social Work and Social Development

University of Bedfordshire · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 Honours degree in a related subject. Candidates without a degree may be accepted based on work or voluntary experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Every country’s approach to social work and social development is different, and this course will help you acquire the skills and knowledge you will need to give your career a global perspective. Your studies will provide a broad level of understanding by exposing you to the variety of ways in which our subjects are approached in diverse contexts, and there will be a particular focus on the Global South and on recognising how responses to social issues have developed. There will also be an emphasis on issues that have an international dimension, such as human rights and social justice, trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

Key features

  • Study, compare and evaluate different global and indigenous approaches to social welfare and development within a framework of critical thinking, equality and social justice
  • You will be taught by experienced lecturers with considerable research and practice experience

Career opportunities

A wide range of job opportunities are available including roles in various national and international NGOs, humanitarian organisations and government institutions. Further study options include PhD or the Professional Doctorate.

Areas of study may include:

  • Comparative social welfare and cultural competence: approaches, policy and practice
  • Complexities of forced migration, human displacement, trafficking and refuge
  • Humanitarian aid, NGOs and social welfare in disasters
  • Human rights
  • International social welfare and social development

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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