The MA in Social Work aims to produce highly skilled, knowledgeable and reflective social work practitioners. The course aims to enable students to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge to research and practice and to promote students critical reflection on service development and delivery and on their own practice.
In line with the requirements of the GSCC, the course aims to provide students with the means of demonstrating that they have met the national occupational standards for Social Work and are suitable for admission to the General Social Care Council register of Social Workers.
Duration and mode of study
Two years full-time
* Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice
* Social Work Knowledge and Skills
* Human Growth and Development
* Research and Evidence-based Practice
* Social Work with Adults
* Social Work with Children and Families
* Practice-based learning for the required 200 days (20 days in Year 1 and 180 days in Year 2)
Teaching and assessment methods
A wide range of teaching/learning methods are used including self-directed group work, lectures, seminars, project work, simulations and role play. Tutorial support is offered in group sessions and on an individual basis. Practice learning consists of direct practice with individuals, families and groups and is assessed via a series of practice portfolios.
Assessment methods are varied and include written assignments, short examinations, group presentations and a 12,000 word dissertation.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.