Taught course

Social Work

University of Lincoln · Lincoln School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree with relevant prior experience (including voluntary) in social care, education or health. This programme also requires a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Maths (or equivalent). These GCSEs must be obtained prior to submitting a UCAS application. We do not specify a minimum length of time in social work since we are most interested in how you reflect upon your experience. Shortlisted applicants will also have to pass screening processes in terms of professional suitability: DBS criminal record checks; health declaration; professional references. The University will pay for DBS checks. It is important that you declare health issues or previous involvement with the criminal justice system to admissions staff so that an official decision about your suitability to practise can be made. These issues do not automatically prevent entry and will be treated sensitively and in complete confidentiality.

Months of entry


Course content

Completion of this professionally recognised programme enables you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a fully qualified social work practitioner.

MSc Social Work at the University of Lincoln provides high-quality social work education with an international perspective. It aims to develop reflective and competent social workers who can practise effectively and confidently in complex environments. The Lincoln School of Health and Social Care is endorsed by the College of Social Work as having met the social work professional quality criteria.

You will undertake two supervised placements in social work or care settings during your study, enabling you to apply and develop your professional knowledge, theories, values and practical skills. This programme benefits from strong international links with opportunities for study visits and placements in countries including Germany, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Canada.

This programme has met the stringent course quality criteria required for endorsement by The College of Social Work, which is a scheme providing a kite mark of quality to qualifying social work degree programmes.

This programme meets all the professional qualification requirements leading to eligibility to apply to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Applications for this programme should be made through UCAS.

Information for international students

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

As a University of Lincoln postgraduate student, you may be eligible to apply for one of our generous scholarship packages. For more information about postgraduate funding and scholarships, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Karen Bayliss
01522 886644