Taught course

Social Work

University of Portsmouth · School of Health and Care Professions

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Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or a degree in an associated discipline. Applicants with a lower classification (second class) will be considered on an individual basis, considering relevant experience and academic achievement. Applicants must also have relevant work experience, more than 3 months in voluntary or paid employment in a health, education or social care environment. All shortlisted applicants are subject to a holistic and multidimensional assessment process which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards, and includes an application, group discussion, individual presentation and an interview. International applicants must provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified English translation if necessary), before admission to the programme can be confirmed. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content


If you want to be a professional social worker and already have a degree in a relevant subject, our MSc Social Work course will enable you to become a confident practitioner in the changing arena of social work.

With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship-focused work and protection, you'll learn to work across the social work spectrum, with some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Once you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a social worker with the profession's regulator, Social Work England.

You'll have the skills and techniques you need to work in any social work setting, such as with children and families, adults, disabled people, older people and/or people with mental health problems, and in local authorities, healthcare settings or private, independent or voluntary organisations.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by expert staff and researchers who are active in the social work field
  • Learn through simulation, group work and skills workshops
  • Study the theory and practice of social work, empowering service users and promoting inclusion, and legal and policy frameworks
  • Understand how to work with children and families, mental health patients, people with disabilities and vulnerable adults
  • Work closely with the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG), to help you understand service user experiences
  • Practise your profession-specific skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, a safe and supportive environment which uses innovative technologies to simulate real-life scenarios
  • Put your learning into action on practice placements

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your social work skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

When you graduate from the MSc Social Work degree course, you'll have the knowledge and practical skills to work in any branch of social work.

As a newly qualified social worker (NQSW), there are a number of opportunities open to you.

Most local authorities in England operate a scheme for newly qualified practitioners, the Approved and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). This provides intensive supervision and guidance in your first year as well as a protected caseload.

Our graduates have gone to work for organisations including:

  • Local Authority Children and Families teams
  • Local Authority Adults teams
  • Multidisciplinary mental health teams
  • Youth Offending Teams (YOTs)
  • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCAS)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Society of St James
  • Red Cross
  • Homestart
  • MIND

Fees and funding

For information about fees and funding your studies, please visit: https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

The course is accredited by the Health Professions Council (HCPC)

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566