Taught course

Social Work

University of Sheffield · Department of Sociological Studies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a minimum of 3 months or 60 days' social care experience within a relevant organisation, for example a local authority or voluntary/public sector. This experience can be gained through paid employment or volunteering.

We can also accept a 2:2 honours degree if you have a minimum of 1 year full-time social care experience within a relevant organisation as detailed above. Again, this can be through paid employment or volunteering.

Before joining the course, students will be expected to have basic IT skills, including being able to use the internet, word processing software and email.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree makes you eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a qualified social worker in the UK. The academic side of the course is rigorous and challenging. You’ll develop a clear understanding of the theory. Through work placements, you’ll become a confident, skilled practitioner.

We’re working in collaboration with the four local authorities in South Yorkshire to lead the way for social work education and are part of one of only four early-adopter national teaching partnerships. This means that you’ll benefit from a social work curriculum that is enhanced by increased collaboration with placement providers and employment agencies.

You’ll learn through lectures, small-group work, individual and group projects, supervised dissertation.

You will be assessed on essays, group project work, peer assessment, group and individual presentations, examination and dissertation.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

NHS bursaries may be available for this course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6402