Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a 2:1 degree in any subject, or equivalent international degree level qualification. Successful applicants must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in both mathematics and English at grade C or higher (please note, the University will not accept Functional Skills as equivalent to GCSE). Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to submit an English Language test equivalent to IELTS 7.0 with a maximum of two component scores at 6.0 or 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content

Who is the MA Social Work for?

MA in Social Work at Warwick is available for people with an undergraduate degree, and a clear desire and motivation to work with and support the most vulnerable people in society. Successful completion will lead to the professional qualification necessary to seek registration as a Social Worker, as well as a higher degree from a top-ten UK university.

Career Prospects

The University of Warwick has a long established reputation for delivering high quality social work training, and our graduates are keenly sought and have strong employment prospects as social workers in a variety of statutory, voluntary and private organisations. 98% of graduates completing the destinations survey are in graduate level work or further study (DLHE 2012-14)

Our MA Social Work graduates go on to work in a variety of careers. Many become social workers and there are currently social worker positions available throughout the West Midlands and beyond.

How is the course taught?

The MA Social Work is full-time for 24 months which consists of:

  • 200 days of structured academic teaching.
  • 30 days of professional skills development.
  • Two practice learning placements of 70 and 100 days.

A mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars and experiential activities is used across all teaching to engage with a range of learning styles and methods. This includes collaborative group work and inter-professional learning opportunities. Practice learning placements are delivered across a wide range of established, high profile contacts which offer excellent placement opportunities in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

We are committed to excellence and innovation in our teaching, and work within the Centre for Lifelong Learning to develop a holistic teaching programme drawing from a range of expertise. The course has been developed in consultation with our service users and stakeholder partner groups, who are also actively involved in teaching and learning opportunities.

For further information please visit our webpage.

Information for international students

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to submit an English Language test equivalent to IELTS 7.0 with a maximum of two component scores at 6.0 or 6.5.

Fees and funding

UK students
2016/17 Home/EU: Full-time £8,170
International students
2016/17 Overseas - Band 1: Full-time £18,380, Overseas - Band 2: Full-time £23,460

We are able to offer Government-funded NHS Bursaries to successful applicants. We are currently awaiting the number of bursaries available for 2017.

The bursary covers:

  • Tuition fees.
  • A maintenance grant, based on individual circumstances and recognising the needs of disabled students and students with dependants.
  • Travel expenses.

Please visit the NHS Bursary Services Authority website for further information. The bursaries are organised by the NHS Bursary Services Authority based on candidates individual circumstances.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Alan Dolan
024 7652 4617