Taught course

Social Work Research

Institution
University of Bristol · School for Policy Studies
Qualifications
MScPGDip

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. Also required is a personal statement that evidences your ability to benefit from the programme.

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

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme is designed to build on the links between social work research and practice in a range of settings to develop the skills required by practice-based professionals and postgraduate students interested in carrying out social work and social care research.

You will learn the skills researchers need in order to maximise the impact of their work in addressing real issues of concern with policy makers, managers, practitioners and service users in social work and care.

The programme offers a unique 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 with which to carry out your own research.

Optional units build on the school's particular research expertise and will focus on the skills you will require as a social work researcher engaged with a variety of disciplines. 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 such as 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 unique co-learning environment also allows students an opportunity to interact and share insights with other interest groups across postgraduate programmes.

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 and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24-60 months

PGDip

part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Demi Patsios
Email
demi.patsios@bristol.ac.uk