An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. Relevant social work/social care-related experience. GCSE English and Mathematics grade A-C (or equivalent) are required.
Months of entry
This two-year programme is designed for people who want to qualify and practice as a professional social worker.
Social work is a demanding but highly rewarding profession, which is often in the public spotlight. As a qualified social worker you will be able to work with both children and adults, helping them to be safe so that they can cope and take control of their lives again. You will work with them to assess their needs, find what will help them, build their self-confidence and link them to other services. This requires an ability to appraise complex and difficult situations, drawing on social science research, social work theories and methods of intervention. You will need a thorough understanding of social policies and a firm grasp of the legal powers and duties that underpin your practice.
The MSc in Social Work combines university-based learning with two extended periods of supervised practice as a student social worker in a social work agency. Completion of the degree will make you eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise as a qualified professional social worker in a range of areas including statutory, voluntary, private and independent sectors.
You will develop an understanding of the structural and personal factors that lead to disadvantage, oppression and discrimination and learn to apply this understanding to your practice. You will develop skills as a reflective practitioner, appraising relevant evidence, including research, to evaluate your own and others' work, and to contribute to the development of policy and practice.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
There is a social work bursary available to students (subject to eligibility/residency criteria). http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/825.aspx
The Department of Health continues to review the bursary allocation for social work education. The University of Bristol will be allocated a set number of bursaries for each academic year. The number of bursaries available does not usually cover the number of places we have available on the course. Consequently, some students enter the programme without a full bursary, either self-funded or sponsored by their local authority. We allocate bursaries according to performance during the interview day.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Emma Western Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrato
- +44 (0) 117 954 6785