Taught course

Leadership and Management for Social Work

University of Birmingham · Health Services Management Centre

Entry requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level plus evidence of social work qualification and holding a management or other leadership role in a social work setting.

Months of entry


Course content

Leadership and Management for Social Work provides critically aware and research-based knowledge relating to the crucial areas of leadership and management practice for social work. It is designed to provide this as flexibly as possible, in order to meet a broad range of candidate and organisational needs.

The Diploma, offered at Postgraduate (M) level, reflects eight standalone 20 credit modules, which can be combined to form the Diploma Award through four core modules and a selection of two choice modules.

Each focuses on differing aspects of management practice. However, each module also connects with all the other modules in reflecting the key management functions and occupational requirements for excellence in management.

These modules, which are academically accredited in their own right, are available to staff from varied disciplines and professional settings.

Candidates for the PG Diploma award undertake six modules, comprising of one manadatory module and 3 other core modules and a choice of two modules from a possible five. The resulting six-module sequence will form a 120 Credit Postgraduate (M level) Diploma in Leadership and Management for Social Work.

Candidates completing three modules, one of which includes Managing Diversity (mandatory module), can receive an interim award of Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management for Social Work.

Compulsory modules

  • Managing Diversity
  • Developing Organisations and Organisational Change
  • Leading for Quality Assurance - Supervision Skills for Performance Management
  • Creating and Maintaining Partnerships

Optional modules

  • Reflective Practice for Managers
  • Coaching and Mentoring for Managers
  • Leading for Learning - Leadership Skills for Management and Learning in Diverse Settings
  • Leading Learning for Effective Safeguarding
  • Researching Professional Practice

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    18-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    9-12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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