MA

Social Work

Duration
2 Years
Start
September 2024
UCAS Code
L508
Delivery
In Person

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.
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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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Modules

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.

90%Face-to-face
10%Online

Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

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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Academic expertise

Katie Martin
Katie Martin
Senior Lecturer in Social Care and Social Policy
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Katie is course lead for the MA in Social Work, module lead for core modules within this course and teaches across a range of subjects related to social work and social care. Katie is a Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also a member of the following UCLan Resea…

Che McGarvey-Gill
Lecturer in Mental Health Social Work
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Che is a lecturer in mental health social work and teaches across our social work and social care programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Che continues to practise as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) alongside her lecturing post.

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

2024/25
UK
Full-time£9,000 per year
International
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

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