Masters Degrees in Applied Social Work are professional courses, with a clear vocational focus. They will allow you to specialise in specific aspects of Social Work, such as working with different groups or in particular scenarios. Most of these courses are intended for applicants with existing experience, but some will admit students 'converting' from a different undergraduate degree pathway.
Some academic research programs are available (awarding MRes and MPhil degrees) but most of the courses in this area are taught qualifications, focussing on key skills and training. Many are offered part-time in order to better fit the needs of applicants seeking Continuing Professional Development alongside their existing employment.
Unsurprisingly, postgraduate courses in Applied Social Work have a fairly clear 'application'. Whether you begin one of these courses following an undergraduate degree or (as is more likely) enter as a professional, you'll normally be seeking to further a career in Social Work.
That said, Social Work itself is a broad profession, with many opportunities to specialise in different areas. In fact, specialisation is the driving force behind most of the programs in this subject-area. You could train to work with specific groups (such as children, the elderly or refugees) or you could gain administrative skills and move into management within a community health service or hospital.
Approximately 81% of people with a Masters in Applied Social Work are known to be in full-time employment six months after graduation, whilst 7% are in further study. The remainder are involved in part-time employment, voluntary activities or other pursuits.
Popular careers with a Masters in Applied Social Work include:
Popular specialisms for Masters Degrees in Applied Social Work include: