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MA Social Care

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This course gives you the opportunity to study in a high-profile and nationally recognised department and benefit from direct access to research active and internationally linked academic staff.

The programme offers eight weeks in professional social care settings with local partner agencies. Students’ practice learning is formally assessed and credited as part of the course.

The emphasis on the social and behavioural science disciplinary base is central to understanding people in our societies in context alongside more specific units of study that explore psychosocial perspectives across the life-course, use of self and other; theory and practice, law and social policy and personal and professional development in preparation for your practice placement opportunities.

Ethics and values will be a central theme to your preparation for practice and you will address the dilemmas and tensions of working in complex, uncertain human situations.

“I chose to come on the social care course because I was interested in the social and behavioural science of the course as well as the opportunity to study in a nationally recognised department. I was interested in the university’s placement programmes and their work with other agencies in order to give students the best possible experience in a work setting.”
Lwanga Chibamba, graduate

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


1 year

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 485kb)

Your application

For Social Care, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an awareness of the role of a Social Carer within society
  • Have a non-judgemental attitude, an appreciation of diversity and self-awareness, flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Can demonstrate relevant skills such as listening, negotiating and advocacy.

How to apply

Entry requirements


After completing this course, you will possess a solid understanding of the core concepts in social and behavioural sciences and contemporary social care practice, which can be applied to a career within the social care sector.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes