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  • UCAS Code:
    L501
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This course provides a route to qualified social worker status for those who want to pursue a role in this profession.

The Social Work Task Force and Reform Board promote social work education for a challenging job. The profession demands the application of reflective, critical thinking skills, the ability to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity and use and create best evidence in assisting people and society in a complex world. This course responds to these initiatives providing a course that meets the government, professional body and disciplinary requirements.

As this is a Master’s course, you’ll be required to develop a sound understanding of the research underpinning social work practice and attendant areas. You’ll develop your capacity to act as a research-minded, aware and capable practitioner, undertaking a dissertation and creating knowledge for social work.

As part of the course you will undertake two placements which will provide you with the opportunity to apply the theory you have learnt to practice situations. Your placements will allow you to experience a variety of different social work settings and develop a broad range of practical skills.

Watch a webinar presentation to find out more about this course or attend one of our Undergraduate Open Day events where our MA Social Work course is represented.

“Undertaking the MA Social Work programme was enlightening and thought provoking, and prepared me for my career choice.”
Collette Compton, graduate

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

2 years

Accreditations:

Health & Care Professions Council

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent in any subject. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course Details

You'll complete core units about the social and behavioural science disciplinary base which are central to understanding people and societies in context. You'll then move on to explore specific areas that deal in-depth with childcare and safeguarding, working with adults made vulnerable by a range of factors. This will prepare you for contemporary social work practice. Ethics and values are central to this preparation and you'll study a unit addressing the dilemmas and tensions of working in complex, uncertain situations.

On this course you will usually 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 783kb)

Placements

The Social Work team works in partnership with our local stakeholders, which include Social Services departments in our neighbouring local authorities and many of the varied local voluntary sector agencies.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Your application

For Social Work, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an awareness of the role of a Social Worker 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
  • Have life experiences which may have influenced the applicant to think about a career in social work.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for embarking on a career as a social worker in a variety of posts in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors, in the UK and abroad.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the Social Work Bursary, funding your studies and paying 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).

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

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the social work sector, which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course.

What our students say

Pennie Pinder

All the academics have been very supportive throughout my course and provide detailed feedback on assignments so that you can always improve.

Hear from our staff

Richard Williams

Social Work is not a discipline for the faint-hearted and our students develop personally and professionally; they embrace the learning opportunities and the challenges these opportunities provide and the outcome is high quality practitioners.