Taught course

Social Work

University of Bradford · Department of Social Sciences and Humanities

Entry requirements

  • Possess an undergraduate honours degree at 2:1 or higher in any discipline. We will also consider applicants who hold a Masters level qualification.
  • Demonstrate that they will have acquired current and relevant underpinning knowledge from psychology, sociology and social policy, at a level, which will allow them to complete the MA (Social Work).
  • Demonstrate that they have relevant work experience equivalent to a minimum of 6 months full-time work (approximately 910 hours). This may be paid or voluntary work and could have been undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants are usually expected to have had a substantial part of such experience during the past 2 years and to have had experience which includes working with vulnerable groups in Britain.
  • Demonstrate that their understanding of social work is informed both by underpinning knowledge and by reflection on their experience.
  • Hold certificated qualifications in Maths and English which are, at least, equivalent to GCSE (at grade C or above).
  • Have Information, Communication Technology (ICT) skills which are sufficient to allow them to begin both study and practice and that they will be able to develop these skills during their progress through the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Social Work gives students with a first degree a professional social work qualification at Master's level.

The course will enable you to be a confident, competent, qualified social work practitioner. We offer a well established course with a national reputation for producing high-calibre workers. Our course is designed, managed and delivered by a Programme Management Board that includes practice placement agencies, students, lecturers and practitioners. Stakeholder involvement ensures that our course maintains a dynamic, outward-looking approach towards social work education with a clear focus on the needs of service users.

The course is built upon the following standards and requirements for social work training:

  • the HCPC (Health and care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for social care workers
  • the DOH (Department of Health) Requirements for social work training
  • the College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework
  • the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) benchmark statements for social policy administration and social work

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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