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Professional Development & Practice

3 Years
September 2023
Campus Taught

If you’re a professional working in the fields of social work and social care then our MA Professional Development and Practice course offers you the ideal opportunity to enhance your knowledge and advance your career.

Why study with us

  • On this course you’ll be encouraged to critically reflect on and review your professional development with a view to enhancing your performance and service delivery.
  • We’ll provide you with learning opportunities to explore complex challenges, current issues and new evidence-based practice research.
  • You’ll be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

What you'll do

  • You’ll develop your capacity to critically evaluate key theoretical knowledge, law and policy in relation to social work and social care practice.
  • You’ll also develop your skills in planning, decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Towards the end of the course you’ll have the chance to undertake an in-depth research project in your specialist area of practice.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

Completion of this course will enable you to advance your career across the social care and social work professions.

Fees and Funding

Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Part-time£933 per 20 credits

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community located in the Faculty of Health and Care

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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