Taught course

Social Work Research

Institution
University of Bristol · School for Policy Studies
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science discipline, such as sociology, social work, psychology, economics, political science, management, history, philosophy and law. Degrees from other fields may also be considered; or
  • An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject and a master's degree in social work; or
  • A professional qualification in social work and relevant professional or voluntary experience.

A professional social work qualification is not a requirement for admission to the programme.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme creates links between social work research and practice in a range of settings. You will be taught the necessary skills to undertake research into social work and social care as practice-based professionals or as postgraduate research students.

This degree helps you acquire vital tools to maximise your work in addressing real issues of concern with policy makers, managers, practitioners and service users in social work and care.

The programme offers a combination of academic rigour, up-to-date practice content and relevant and transferable research skills development. Core units will draw on theories and research methods from across the social sciences - including economics, law and philosophy - providing you with a strong foundation to then carry out your own research.

Optional units build on our particular research expertise and will focus on the skills you will require as a social work researcher engaged with a range of multi-disciplinary colleagues. For example, you may choose to study community development programmes in the context of poverty, interventions to tackle domestic violence, or programmes for young offenders. Other optional units focus on the wellbeing of particular groups: children with disabilities, people with severe and long-term mental illness, or asylum seekers and migrants.

We recognise that students will be joining with relevant, albeit varied, experience and there will be opportunities for you to draw on your own experiences as researchers, managers and policy advisers and to share these with other participants on the programme. A co-learning environment also gives you the opportunity to interact and share insights with other students studying research degrees in disability studies, policy research and health and wellbeing.

This programme does not include practical training or lead to a professional qualification in social work. If you want to study for a qualification in social work practice, please see the MSc in Social Work.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
sps-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 117 954 6785