Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good degree (min 2:1 or equivalent) in any subject. Professional experience of applicants is also taken into account where relevant. Applications are also encouraged from those wishing to return to academic study.

Months of entry


Course content

Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, this degree offers an academic and professional qualification that will enable you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register as a professional Social Worker.


Students of this degree will understand the theoretical foundations of social work, rooted in psychology and sociology. They will explore social policy and legal context, including statutory provisions regarding child care, mental health and adult care. There is also a consistent focus on working with individuals, families, groups, fellow social workers and other professionals.


Placement-based learning is central to this degree, with placements carried out with at least two different service user groups, with personal tutors actively encouraging your progress and a practice educator who will guide and assess your practice.


The course is taught by expert academics who promote a supportive, academically rigorous and stimulating learning environment. Develop your skills and expertise by engaging with real life case studies and scenarios. Students undertaking the MA Social Work degree benefit from close collaboration with research conducted by the Centre for Research on Children and Families - one of the University's Research Centres working at the forefront of policy debates in social policy.


On completion of this degree, you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to start work as a confident, competent social worker. You will be equipped with the skills and expertise that you will need to pursue a career as a successful practitioner within the caring professions. Many graduates go on to work in local authority services departments or continue into further academic research.

Information for international students

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading): IELTS (SELT Consortium test centres only): 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component) Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Fees and funding

A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to UK/EU and International students. These are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Full details and application deadlines are available from the course web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515