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Social Work

2 years
September 2024

Social workers work with a wide cross-section of society, including some of the most disadvantaged and excluded people. Our MA in Social Work provides a variety of opportunities for you to develop the knowledge, skills and appropriate values to work positively with people who have lived experience of social work practice.

Why study with us

  • Values for ethical and effective social work practice are at the heart of the MA in Social Work course, underpinned by connection to people with lived experience of social work, research and the professional evidence base.
  • You’ll spend at least 200 days (including 30 skills days) gaining different experiences and learning in practice settings. This enables you to build on your academic learning, developing a critical professional skills. You will demonstrate values-based practice to professional standards.
  • Teaching takes a blended approach of lectures, seminars and in-person learning opportunities.

What you'll do

  • In Year 1, the focus is understanding of the contexts for social work practice; self-awareness and self-development for resilience and effective practice; developing skills for working with others; developing and applying this knowledge, and learning from people with lived experience of social work practice.
  • In Year 2 you’ll have the opportunity to build on your skills and knowledge from the first year to consider and work with key complexities and challenges in social work practice, be supported to reflect on your developing professional capabilities, and plan for your intended social work career.
  • The experiences, messages and views of social work practitioners, service users and carers underpin the course and are drawn upon to support your development as an effective social work practitioner in response.
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The tutors are really supportive – they tell you what your development areas are, helping you progress to your full calibre.
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Usman Ahmed
Social Work graduate

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Academic expertise

Charlotte Ennis
Lecturer in Social Work
Katie Martin
Senior Lecturer in Social Care and Social Policy
Che McGarvey-Gill
Lecturer in Mental Health Social Work
Dr Ruth Parkes
Senior Lecturer
Matthew Graham
Senior Lecturer in Social Work

As part of the course you will have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of service users, carers, patients and public members via our community engagement and service user support groups (Comensus).

Future careers

Recent graduates of the MA in Social Work have gained jobs in social work teams in safeguarding/support roles, in children’s, young people and adult’s services, and with local authority, third sector and private organisations.  

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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