Taught course

Advanced Professional Practice

University of Sheffield · Department of Sociological Studies

Entry requirements

2:2 honours degree plus a professional qualification. You should be working in a setting that supports your studies: parts of the course are assessed through direct work with children and their families or carers.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course is for professionals from statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. It’s suitable for social workers, health visitors, doctors, nurses, CP liaison teachers and members of fostering and adoption teams.

If you work in a residential, community, hospital or day care setting and you’re involved in safeguarding and other statutory assessments, the course will enhance your capability.

We’ll help you to:

  • Keep a clear focus on the needs of the child.
  • Make clear and defensible judgements.
  • Explore issues that relate to your job.
  • Work with professionals from other disciplines.

Where your masters can take you

Our graduates are academics, researchers and health and social care professionals. Others become managers or administrators in the public and private sectors.

How we teach

Our teaching is rigorous and research-led. We encourage you to think critically, to learn research techniques and develop transferable skills. We also help you to develop the personal attributes that will make you highly employable. The department is a friendly place, where staff and postgraduates work together as colleagues.

Our interdisciplinary approach brings together sociologists, social policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists. Our empirical research is internationally recognised. We make significant contributions to policy debates.

Course content

  • Integrated Safeguarding;
  • Public Law;
  • Out of Home Care;
  • Evidence-Informed Practice;
  • Child Development and Communication with Children;
  • Parenting Capacity;
  • Interventions to Promote Change;
  • Supervision and Safeguarding.

There’s a CPD route for qualified practitioners: you can take modules one at a time, as stand-alone courses. You can use the credits to build up to a degree at your own pace if you want to.

Teaching and assessment

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

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