Taught course

Advanced Professional Practice

University of Sheffield · Department of Sociological Studies

Entry requirements

For graduates, the requirement is that you must be in possession of a professional qualification from a recognised university. We also welcome non-graduates who possess a professional qualification and can provide evidence that they can study at postgraduate level.

The course is not just limited to practitioners working within the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership. Practitioners from all local authorities are welcome to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

The MA Advanced Professional Practice (MAAPP) has been developed in consultation with local authorities as part of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership, to support social work professionals to continue to develop their knowledge and skills as professionally capable, reflective and analytical practitioners.

The course supports professional practice under four strands:

  • Leadership and management
  • Practice
  • Practice educator
  • Research

Each module developed for the programme has been mapped against the Government’s reform agenda for social work education, and is compliant with capabilities listed in the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for Social Workers.

Course content

Topics covered include, amongst others:

  • Evidence informed practice
  • Out of home care
  • Interventions to promote change
  • Child development and communication with the child
  • Introduction to leadership and mentoring
  • Developing professional practice and safeguarding

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is conducted through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small-group work and problem-solving.

Course duration

3 years part-time

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6402