Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in any subject area; 6 months of social work, social care or closely related experience. Maths and English grade C or above at GCSE or equivalent.2 references; one work, one academic.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Social Work and Social Policy is delivered through the Centre for Social Work. The Centre views the role of the social work profession as being to promote social and personal change and problem-solving in human relationships and communities and all our teaching and research activities support this philosophy.

The staff who teach on the programme have national and international reputations for their quality of their research and publications and this knowledge informs their teaching. Significant contributions to teaching are also made by experienced social workers and by service users.

The programme is regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and our students are expected to work within the standards set by the HCPC.

The programme combines university and practice-based learning; both elements must be completed satisfactorily for the degree to be awarded. Places are limited to ensure the quality of the student experience and the availability of suitable placements.

We believe that at the heart of social work lies the relationship which social workers develop with individual service users - be they children, young people or adults. Positive relationships enable the social worker to support service users as they negotiate transitions and decisions in their life which may be complex and painful in nature. We aim, therefore, to select people for the MA programme who have the potential to develop the qualities that service users want from social workers: reliability, understanding, warmth, respect for others, an authoritative approach to difficult issues and an ability to get things done.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Sociology and Social Policy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
22 months

Further details of qualification

Provides recognised qualification in social work.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Creative work50
Dissertation15 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559