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The University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work is the largest faculty of social work in Canada, consistently ranked among the top 15 schools in research productivity across North America. Read more
The University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work is the largest faculty of social work in Canada, consistently ranked among the top 15 schools in research productivity across North America. We are proud to offer graduate and undergraduate education to our students in our campuses across Alberta and through flexible programs, designed to meet the needs of working professionals.

Coursed Based Master of Social Work (MSW)

The course based MSW is a nationally accredited program that prepares students for advanced professional practice in social work. In Calgary, students are admitted annually and choose one of three specializations: Clinical Social Work Practice, International and Community Development, or Leadership in the Human Services blended.

The Calgary-based MSW is available to students with a BSW, who enter and complete their specialization in 1 year; or students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline, who complete the foundation component followed by the specialization component in 2 years

MSW Leadership in Human Services

The MSW in Leadership in Human Services is a nationally-accredited program that prepares students for advanced professional practice in social work. This program employs a 'blended learning' format, which allows students to remain in their home communities throughout their studies. Only two on-campus block courses, each of one-week duration, require students' presence in Calgary.

Please note that this program can only be fully completed at a distance by students with a BSW. Students entering the MSW in a non social work bachelors degree must complete the Foundation Route which is is only offered full time on Calgary Campus. Additional information can be found below.

Course Based MSW/MBA

The Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA) program is designed to prepare students for business-related social work careers.

The Faculty of Social Work and the Haskayne School of Business offer a combined program leading to the Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA) degree. Upon completion of this joint course-based program, students will receive two separate degrees. Offered from the Calgary campus, this program is designed to prepare students for business-related social work careers.

Thesis Based Masters of Social Work (MSW) - Calgary

The thesis based MSW is a nationally accredited program that prepares students for advanced professional practice in social work. In Calgary, students are admitted annually and choose one of two specializations: Clinical Social Work Practice or International and Community Development.

The Calgary-based thesis MSW is available to students with a BSW, who enter and complete their specialization in 2 yeasr; or students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline, who complete the foundation component followed by the specialization component in 3 years.

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For all but advanced-standing students, the MSW program at The University of Alabama is a sixty-semester-hour course of study. The program is offered both on campus in Tuscaloosa and in a distance learning (primarily online) format. Read more
For all but advanced-standing students, the MSW program at The University of Alabama is a sixty-semester-hour course of study. The program is offered both on campus in Tuscaloosa and in a distance learning (primarily online) format. Applicants are admitted to the on-campus option or to the distance learning format of the program. Once admitted, students may not switch formats without permission from the MSW program chair.

Visit the website http://socialwork.ua.edu/academics/msw-program/

Course Details

The first part of the MSW program is professional foundation content. Students typically complete their foundation coursework during the first semester (advanced standing) or first year (60-credit-hour) of enrollment. Typically, students enroll in advanced courses, including electives and course related to the student’s chosen concentration, only after they have completed their professional foundation courses.

Students may also enroll in the MSW program on a part-time basis. Part-time students typically complete the program in four years.

The School offers field education placements throughout the state of Alabama and occasionally in neighboring states. MSW students may also apply to complete their advanced field education placement (SW 595) in Washington, DC.

Advice and Information

- MSW Orientation: Policies, Resources, and Advice (http://socialwork.ua.edu/files/2015/01/MSW-orientation-Policies-Resources-Advice-AUGUST-2013.pptx).

- Online Pre-Orientation for Distance Learning Students (http://aohs.ua.edu/sw/sworientation.html)

- Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience will not be given in whole or in part in lieu of the field education course or any other course in the MSW program.

- Download a flyer about our Information Sessions for Prospective MSW Students (http://socialwork.ua.edu/files/2015/01/Informations-MSW-Sessions.March-Septem-2016.pdf).

- The departmental deadline for admission, stipends, and scholarships is February 1st for programs beginning in the summer and fall and September 1st for spring advanced standing. Graduate School application materials are due six weeks prior to the School of Social Work deadline.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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The MPA + MSW Dual-Degree Program prepares students for administrative positions in social service agencies. It also helps social workers gain the management and administrative skills needed for roles as supervisors, administrators and agency heads. Read more
The MPA + MSW Dual-Degree Program prepares students for administrative positions in social service agencies. It also helps social workers gain the management and administrative skills needed for roles as supervisors, administrators and agency heads. Similarly, public administration practitioners recognize the need for specialized knowledge and skills to respond to an environment of increasing policy and organizational complexity within social welfare agencies. The program is designed to ensure students acquire both the management and social work skills necessary to excel in these environments.

By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.

Successful completion of the dual-degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and Master's in Social Work (MSW).

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Applicants must also meet the following program-specific requirements:
MPA:
- Two letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

- The GRE is not required. If GRE scores are submitted, the admissions committee evaluates them by averaging the applicant's quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing scores.

MSW:
- Minimum of 24 credit hours (undergraduate) in the liberal arts and sciences, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology)

- Paid or volunteer experience related to human services

- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your potential for graduate study, such as those with whom you have worked in an academic, professional, volunteer or work-related capacity
* The MSW program has a special letter of recommendation form that must be used to evaluate MSW applicants. Use the Letter of Recommendation for MSW form. Please download and save the form to the computer first, before beginning to fill out the form. Then, open the file from the computer and enter text. Please do not use the version that opens in the web browser.
* If you are a college student or a recent graduate, one letter must be from a college instructor.
* If you are or have recently been employed, one letter must be from an employment supervisor.

- Personal statement (6-8 pages)
Follow the guidelines in the Personal Statement for MSW document.

- Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
Include paid or volunteer experience related to human services.

- A signed copy of the Social Work Contract
* By signing the above document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of social work as set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
* Review the Code of Ethics before signing the contract.

- A signed copy of the Certification of Information

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Prepare to make a bigger difference with our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)–accredited online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program. Read more

Prepare to make a bigger difference with our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)–accredited online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program.

As a social worker, you can help improve quality of life for individuals, families, and groups in underserved or at-risk populations. With an emphasis on clinical practice, our online MSW degree program will help you build the skills and knowledge to work toward social justice in your community.

Focus your studies on the area of greatest interest to you with one of four concentrations:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice—Develop the therapeutic skills to engage clients in defining issues, setting and prioritizing goals, and committing to the change process.
  • Military Social Work—Address the needs of military personnel, veterans, and their families, including before, during, and after deployment.
  • Social Work in Healthcare—Prepare for practice in the complex healthcare environment, as you learn to support clients and families facing a variety of medical challenges.
  • Social Work With Children and Families—Promote child, youth, and family success in the face of challenging environments and social conditions.

You’ll also have the option to further customize your learning by choosing one or more of our three-course elective clusters.

Position yourself for strong social work practice through:

  • Real-World Education—Combine theory with application through customized video and written case studies, in-person residencies, and field experience, all under the guidance of our diverse, expert faculty.
  • CSWE Accreditation—Not only is graduation from a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work degree program necessary for social work licensure in most states, it demonstrates the quality of your education to employers, making you a more marketable professional.
  • Degree Completion Options—Choose from three degree completion options (Standard, Accelerated, and Advanced Standing) to align with your schedule, as well as four start dates throughout the year.
  • The Standard option helps you balance your online MSW degree program with other life commitments by limiting your workload to one or two courses per term.
  • The Accelerated option is an ideal choice if you can dedicate yourself to full-time studies. This option requires a strong time commitment, as you’ll take three courses in most terms.
  • The Advanced Standing option is for students who already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited program and graduated with a minimum GPA of 3.0—you’ll begin your program with advanced-level courses.

Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a BSW or (2) do not hold a BSW.

Accreditation

Walden University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation for professional social workers and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program will be prepared to:

  1. Develop a professional orientation and identity as a social worker.
  2. Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration of social work.
  3. Apply principles of advocacy that promote cultural understanding and positive social change in individuals, communities, and society.
  4. Utilize evidence-based research and critical thinking skills to inform practice in meeting the needs of diverse clientele.
  5. Synthesize and apply theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive social work practices.
  6. Apply knowledge and skills in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Career options

With a Master of Social Work from Walden, you can advance your career in a variety of clinical settings, in roles such as:†

  • Licensed clinical social worker
  • Mental health social worker
  • Case worker
  • Direct-service social worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Child or family social worker
  • School social worker
  • Healthcare social worker
  • Private or public agency leader or director
  • Policy analyst
  • Supervisor in social work field or agency
  • Program director
  • Social work opportunities within the medical and public health fields

Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a Master of Social Work.



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The Durham MSW is a 21 month programme engaging students with the knowledge, skills and values that underpin social work practice with individuals, groups and communities. Read more

The Durham MSW is a 21 month programme engaging students with the knowledge, skills and values that underpin social work practice with individuals, groups and communities. Academic study is complemented by two practice placements with different service user groups. Practice experience of statutory interventions with children and families or ‘vulnerable adults’ is complemented by opportunities for innovative practice in the voluntary and independent sectors in areas such as family justice, homelessness, substance use, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, community interventions and self-advocacy. With strong involvement of service users, carers and practice partners throughout the programme, the MSW provides strong foundations for practice in any field of social work.

Local and global perspectives 

Our approach to social work education reflects the connections between individuals, their families and communities. We offer you a broad foundation for social work practice underpinned by the global definition of social work and emphasise the connections between local and global issues in social work. Shared learning alongside postgraduate students studying International Social Work and Community Development, and Community and Youth Work, provides valuable opportunities for the exchange of ideas and experiences.

Excellent employment prospects  

There is very strong demand for Durham MSW graduates by employers in local authorities and non-government organisations regionally, nationally and internationally. Durham MSW graduates have been able to transfer their registration to other countries including Australia, Canada, Scotland and the USA. 

Course Structure

The MSW is structured around seven modules designed to meet the academic and practice learning requirements for a degree in social work.

Year 1 

  • Social Work in Practice (40 credits): Understanding perspectives of service users and carers; social exclusion; social policy and law for social work 
  • Social Work in Context (40 credits): Human growth and development through the life course, disability and mental health; social work theories and methods; working in organisations
  • Professional and Personal Development (30 credits): Principles, values and ethics; critical thinking and evidence-based practice; skills development; Interprofessional working 
  • Social Work Practice 1 (50 credits): 70-day practice placement in a partner agency.

Year 2

  • Research in Social Work (45 credits): Research and evaluation design and methods; ethical issues in social welfare research; dissertation
  • Advanced Social Work (30 credits): Advanced application of theories and methods; critical analysis of social work policy; protection and empowerment of vulnerable children, young people and adults
  • Social Work Practice 2 (70 credits): 100-day practice placement. 

Course Learning and Teaching

The MSW is full-time, starting in early October and continuing over 21 months. The programme does NOT run to university terms. There are approximately 12 weeks of vacation, including public holidays, during the course of the whole programme. In Year 1 the first four months are spent developing the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare you for your first practice placement of 70 days. In Year 2 you undertake a 100 day placement with a different service user group and in a contrasting setting where you will gain experience of statutory interventions in social work. Practice placements provide the opportunity to develop a range of skills set out in the Professional Capabilities Framework. You also extend your skills in linking theory, policy and practice, and undertake a research dissertation.

Assessment

A range of assessment methods is used including essays, observation studies, project reports, case studies, group and individual presentations. Knowledge and understanding of social work law and policy is assessed in a take away exercise. Before embarking on the first placement, you will undergo a practical assessment of your communication skills in readiness for direct practice. Practice placements are assessed by critically reflective accounts of work with individuals, groups or communities and by your practice educator who provides regular supervision and observes your practice. You are also expected to seek, and reflect on, feedback from service users and professional colleagues. Research in Social Work is assessed through a 10,000 word dissertation.

Practice Placements

Placements normally take place in the north east region and students are required to travel independently to these.



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Our Master of Social Work (MSW) programme is a professional postgraduate qualification for those looking to practise as qualified social workers. Read more

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) programme is a professional postgraduate qualification for those looking to practise as qualified social workers.

The MSW qualification is recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council and The Health and Care Professions Council, and those who successfully complete the programme are eligible for registration as a social worker.

You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the theory and practice that underpins all work in the field, splitting your time between theoretical learning on campus and practical work in various learning environments.

The programme is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council, complies with the Scottish Requirements for Social Work Training and enables you to meet the Standards in Social Work Education and the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection. It is also recognised as a professional qualification in social work across the world, including the United States and Canada.

Programme structure

You will study over two years, with periods of practice learning in both years. You will complete six courses in your first year and three in your second year, at the end of which you will present your dissertation.

First year courses:

  • Social Work in Communities
  • Social Work with Individuals and Families
  • Understanding Care and Control in Social Work
  • Working with Self and Others 1: Skills, Theories & Methods
  • Doing Social Work Research
  • Professional Social Work Practice 1

Second year courses:

  • Working with Risk, Trust and Complexity in Social Work
  • Professional Social Work Practice 2
  • Dissertation

Work placements/internships

You have periods of practice learning in both first year and second year.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of our MSW programme qualifies you to practise as a social worker.

For full details please see the MSW Accreditation information on School of Social and Political Science web site.

Many of our MSW graduates go on to work across a range of diverse settings in social work practice, training, research, government and in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

You will also develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.



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Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. The Master of Social Work (MSW) is the right programme for you if you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice. Read more

Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. The Master of Social Work (MSW) is the right programme for you if you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice.

The MSW programme is intended for practitioners who wish to undertake advanced study of a specific aspect of social and community work. The MSW is flexible and offers you opportunities for both full and part-time study.

The MSW is a thesis-based programme that encourages social workers to pursue research in a particular field of practice, population, or area of interest. It equips social workers to develop and use research skills in their practice settings and keep current with the very latest theories and practice.

Practice-based social work research can include needs assessments, programme development, implementation assessment and programme evaluation. It also includes theory development in a New Zealand context.

Careers

Professionally trained people working in the social services make a vital contribution to present day New Zealand society, and their skills are in increasing demand.

The Master of Social Work will enable you to practice at senior levels in New Zealand and many other countries in a wide range of social service fields. These include government services, such as Child, Youth and Family and Community Probation, Hospitals, and Iwi, hapu, and Pacific Island organisations.

Graduates with the MSW can expect to take up leadership roles in all these settings, and they may achieve senior positions in a variety of career paths. These can include any of the roles in the list below.

  • Social work
  • Social work education
  • Management of social service agencies
  • Policy analysis
  • Social work research


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Our Master of Social Work (MSW) offers you an outstanding postgraduate course of study, preparing you for professional practice in a diverse range of social work contexts. Read more

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) offers you an outstanding postgraduate course of study, preparing you for professional practice in a diverse range of social work contexts. It provides you with a nationally and internationally benchmarked course of study in the theory and practice of social work. On completion you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

This is an AASW-accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Learning and teaching

You will benefit from our research-led teaching, based on up-to-date research that allows you to apply the most relevant theory to your social work practice. We offer mixed teaching methods: lectures, tutorials, seminars, collaborative learning and practice simulations. This ensures a rich and diverse learning environment, and is inclusive of all students. Our specially designed interview simulation rooms allow you to practice and review your skills in a safe environment before commencing your fieldwork placements.

Benefits

  • This is one of the first masters degrees accredited nationally by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). A masters degree in social work is a portable qualification, enabling you to work locally, nationally or internationally
  • Our staff are highly qualified, experienced, research-active and accessible teachers, with strong ties to the profession and community services. This means that your practice will be informed by the most up-to-date research available
  • We have a well-developed field education program, including several student units in key agencies in the health, ageing, child and family, drug and alcohol and women's services, giving you the broadest possible placements to practice your skills
  • Our staff have extensive expertise in particular fields of practice, such as mental health, child and family practice, health, ageing and substance abuse, so you can access the best available knowledge in your special area of interest
  • The University offers excellent student facilities and services on campus, contributing to a rich and diverse learning environment
  • Our graduates have an excellent employment record in a wide range of fields and job descriptions. Our reputation for producing top graduates further enhances your employment prospects
  • We give you strong research preparation through specific skill development in social work research. This is important in teaching you to utilise current research to inform your practice and as preparation for research studies
  • We are part of one of the most research-intensive faculties in Australia
  • You will undertake a specialist elective in the final semester. Throughout the degree you will find special areas of social work that interest you. You can follow these up more closely by undertaking a specialist elective in health, psychiatric disability, group work, aged care, child and family, social policy or mental health
  • You will be part of a diverse and talented population of students at entry-to-practice, advanced practice and research levels. We employ internationally recognised social work researchers with extensive affiliations within community services and international universities.

The MSW degree:

  • Prepares students for professional social work practice in a diverse range of contexts;
  • Provides students with foundational theories informing social work practice;
  • Introduces students to the methods of social work practice, including casework, counselling, groupwork, community development, policy and research;
  • Introduces students to the fields of social work practice, including child and family, health and mental health;
  • Immerses students in practice through the two 500 hour (approximately 67 days) fieldwork placements;
  • Provides a pathway for graduates wanting to pursue doctoral study.


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Accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education, Binghamton University's master of social work (MSW) program trains competent and effective social workers in an empowering, inclusive environment. Read more
Accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education, Binghamton University's master of social work (MSW) program trains competent and effective social workers in an empowering, inclusive environment. Our mission is to prepare social workers for autonomous, knowledge-based, advanced generalist practice within an integrated community of scholars, practitioners and learners.

Students in the program acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to address the needs of families, individuals, groups, organizations and communities. Binghamton University is committed to education that furthers social and economic justice, as well as to developing professional social workers who will become leaders in a complex, multicultural and increasingly global society.

Become an Agent of Change

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program prepares students for beginning and advanced practice in social work in a variety of settings. The curriculum includes courses in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare services and policy, research methods, administration, practice methods, special topics, and field education. Students learn to engage individual and community strengths to further the understanding, treatment, and prevention of individual and social problems.
The curriculum for the MSW degree is divided into two levels: the professional foundation and the advanced generalist concentration. Students complete the professional foundation before moving to the advanced generalist portion of the curriculum.
Students are admitted for either full-time or part-time study in the 64-credit MSW program. Full-time students complete the program in 2 years, taking 16 credits each semester for 4 semesters. Full-time students with bachelor's degrees in social work in the advanced standing program earn their MSWs in less than one calendar year. Part-time students complete the program in 3.5 years, taking 6 or 7 credits each semester, including summer sessions. Beginning in Fall 2015, the part-time program will be offered as a blended program, allowing students the opportunity to complete half of their classroom experiences online. The program will offer one online course each semester where students will meet in a virtual classroom for discussions, presentations, and group work.

Applicant qualifications:

- Minimum of 24 credit hours (undergraduate) in the liberal arts and sciences, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology)
- Paid or volunteer experience related to human services

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee

- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended

- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your potential for graduate study, such as those with whom you have worked in an academic, professional, volunteer or work-related capacity
* The MSW program has a special letter of recommendation form that must be used to evaluate MSW applicants. Use the Letter of Recommendation for MSW form. Please download and save the form to the computer first, before beginning to fill out the form. Then, open the file from the computer and enter text. Please do not use the version that opens in the web browser.
* If you are a college student or a recent graduate, one letter must be from a college instructor.
* If you are or have recently been employed, one letter must be from an employment supervisor.

- Personal statement (6-8 pages)
Follow the guidelines in the Personal Statement for MSW document.

- Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
Include paid or volunteer experience related to human services.

- A signed copy of the Social Work Contract
* By signing the above document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of social work as set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
* Review the Code of Ethics before signing the contract.

- A signed copy of the Certification of Information

- The GRE is not required

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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Why this course?. The MSW in Social Work is a 2-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course. The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and it’s expected that in due course it will meet the criteria for recognition in the EU and elsewhere overseas. Read more

Why this course?

The MSW in Social Work is a 2-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course.

The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and it’s expected that in due course it will meet the criteria for recognition in the EU and elsewhere overseas. The course is based on the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE) and is to be validated by social work's professional body in Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The course provides a stimulating blend of university-based teaching and agency-based learning opportunities across both years.

You’ll study

You'll undertake a range of taught modules, a dissertation and assessed placements in a range of social work service settings.

Please read our important information about the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This is for all applicants applying for courses which involve placement opportunities (working with children or vulnerable adults).

Work towards the Masters dissertation is mostly scheduled for the period beyond Year 2 of the programme. You’ll be told of the arrangements during year 1.

Teaching staff

The School of Social Policy and Social Work has a long and rich tradition of education, research and consultancy in social work. It brings together a staff group with extensive experience in the varied areas of social work practice i.e. children and families, criminal justice social work and community care.

Facilities

The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (funded by Scottish Government to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families, and care leavers), the Centre for the Child and Society, and Community Care Works are all based within the School and contribute to teaching in the course as well as to research and consultancy.

Learning & teaching

The teaching and learning approach is student-centred and aims to promote reflective learning. Our key approach is problem-based learning which is universally recognised as an effective way of developing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed by busy professionals.

The course is taught through lectures, seminar groups, simulations and individual skills rehearsal with a commitment to use interactive e-learning wherever relevant. At the heart of the course is practice learning in social work service agencies with formally assessed placements being undertaken in both years.

Assessment

Our assessment methods consist of regular feedback on specific tasks related to teaching and learning as you work through a module.

Modules are formally assessed in a range of different ways, including essay, report, presentations and peer group assessments.

Careers

Qualified social workers are increasingly valued. Promotion and career development opportunities are excellent. Social workers can be found in:

  • Local authorities - from main-grade workers to directorate level. Social workers will be providing, managing, purchasing and organising services to people with very diverse needs across the life span in different settings
  • Voluntary organisations - at all levels, usually working in relatively specialist ways with children and young people with particularly challenging needs, as well as vulnerable adults, especially those with learning disabilities and those affected by mental health issues. Settings and contexts vary as widely as in local authorities.
  • Private sector - often at senior practitioner and management level with services focusing on home-based support to vulnerable adults and residential services to older people as well as foster care support and services to people with offending histories.
  • Central government - experienced social work managers advise and support ministers in monitoring and developing social work services.
  • Social work regulation - a range of independent bodies, like the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council employ social workers at a senior level to lead and manage registration and inspection of social work services to ensure they meet appropriate standards.

Where are they now?

Job titles include:

  • Criminal Justice Social Worker
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Prison Social Worker
  • Social Worker

Employers include:

  • Local authorities


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Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region. Read more

Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region. As a result of these connections, you get the benefit of supervised practical work in a range of social work settings.

Placements and work experience

Practical work experience is at the heart of this course. We have a 100% record of placing students in quality-audited placements. You spend 170 days putting what you’ve learned into practice in real working situations, such as • social work teams • family centres • primary care practices • hospitals • mental health settings • women's refuges and a range of family support services for vulnerable people.

These placements take place with our partners in local authority, private and voluntary agencies across South Yorkshire and the North East Midlands. Previous students have worked in statutory local authority social work teams, NHS mental health units, youth offending teams working with the police, and charities including the NSPCC, Age UK, Barnados, Mind and Women's Aid.

Your placements are supported by 30 specialist skills days. You work with experts, professionals and service users on specific topics such as how to assess risky behaviour, or interventions for safeguarding children. In your final year, we run a workshop with employers on how to apply for jobs in social work.

There are also opportunities to spend time studying abroad. Previous students have attended a summer school in Berlin, gaining new, international perspectives on social work and discovering how it is practised around the world.

Facilities

During the time you spend at university, you are based at our Collegiate Crescent Campus which includes our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building, a newly built Heart of the Campus complex and a learning centre which is open 24 hours and seven days a week. You use specialist facilities including our courtroom, where you learn how to give evidence, and our virtual reality training environment which is used to practise different cases.

Expertise

We are one of the most experienced providers of social work, education in the country, and we have a wide range of expertise. Social work is part of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, which enables us to apply specialist knowledge and resources from across a range of health and social care professions.

All our teaching staff are qualified and experienced social workers, or have experience in related professions. You experience a range of different ways of learning, including role play with actors, real-life case studies and virtual reality experiences alongside lectures and seminars,

Many of our lecturers are involved in research in social work and have a well-established reputation in various international projects, including

  • international practice learning opportunities for students
  • EU-funded projects to develop an international curriculum
  • projects developing social work practice and social work education.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). After successfully completing the course you are eligible to apply to register with them to practise as a social worker.

We are in a transitional period where the work of the College of Social Work has come to an end and some functions are temporarily hosted by the British Association of Social Work.

Course structure

This is a full time course that can lead to professional registration as a social worker and therefore requires extensive study.

Taught modules take place on average three days a week. but you will be required to engage in study outside of these times. A large proportion of the course is spent on placement within social care organisations – during these times you are required to attend for five days a week. 

Social work programmes provide a combination of practice learning and academic modules, that build together in order to equip you with the range of knowledge and skills you need in order to meet the requirements of this challenging profession. The strategies of teaching, learning and assessment across the 24 months are progressive, so that you gradually develop the abilities to be a self-directed learner. At the beginning of each year there will be an induction period to help you orient yourself to the shape of your studies for that year, and the increasing levels of academic and professional standards expected of you.

Additionally, some of the academic modules contain skills days, which further reinforce that there are strong links between the intellectual abilities you need in order to be a social worker, and the practice skills that are also needed. The programme structure comprises five interrelated elements

  • pre-enrolment and induction
  • the inter professional learning module
  • core professional modules
  • mandatory practice education modules
  • independent learning

Year one modules

  • Introduction to social work
  • Law and policy for social work
  • Psycho-social theories and methods for social work practice
  • Readiness for social work practice
  • Research knowledge, methods and skills for social work
  • Practice learning 1 and 2
  • Social work skills development days

Year two modules

  • Theories and knowledge for social work, applied across the life course
  • The organisational context of social work
  • The enhanced social work practitioner
  • Dissertation

Assessment

  • essays
  • examinations
  • practice-learning portfolios
  • group and individual presentations
  • report writing.

Employability

You will be able to take advantage of a high demand for qualified social workers in the South Yorkshire and East Midlands regions and nationally in areas such as • social services departments • education and other local authority departments • residential care • housing associations • national and local voluntary organisations • private sector care providers.

You can work in careers alongside other professionals including • nurses • police officers • lawyers • teachers • occupational therapists • doctors • housing officers • a range of care and support staff.

You work with a range of people who require professional support such as • children and young people • parents and carers • people with mental health problems, learning difficulties or physical disabilities • older adults • refugees and asylum seekers.



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The course is underpinned by College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and will enable you to meet the Health and Care Professions Council's (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England.

What will you study?

You will become equipped with the core knowledge, skills and values required for social work practice. On this generic programme you will learn about effective approaches to work with children and their families and adults at risk (including older adults, and mental health social work practice). You will study legal, policy and ethical frameworks for social work practice; human development; social work methods of assessment and intervention.

Emphasis is placed from the start of the programme on learning skills for social work practice. You will first undertake a Readiness for Direct Practice module in our state-of-the-art Practice Learning Skills Suite. This is followed by two contrasting placements of 70 days and 100 days. A specialist practice interest module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in depth study in a chosen area of special interest and can be taken in a national or international setting.

Assessment

Individual and group presentations, essays, exams, case studies, practice assessment, final project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules
-Readiness for Direct Practice
-First Placement 1 (70 days)
-Final Placement 2 (100 days)
-Assessment and Intervention
-Human Development and the Social Environment
-Applied Social Work Practice
-Legal, Ethical and Policy Frameworks for Social Work Practice
-Specialist Practice Interest
-Independent Study: A Capstone Project

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Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Social Work and the Master of Social Work provide students with backgrounds in social work, social policy, social development, opportunities for advanced scholarship, and professional growth in the context of research-intensive programs. Students are prepared for university teaching and research (theoretical and applied), including program evaluation. The program can also provide critical components for professional practice in research, policy analysis, and human service management.

Via their program of work, students are expected to acquire a basic grounding in the core theoretical paradigms relevant to their course of study and quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as specialized competencies in the methodological skills necessary for productive scholarship in the substantive area of their chosen research. A research-based dissertation adding to the field's knowledge base is the capstone of this program.

General Information

There are two entry points into the Master of Social Work. Students with a Bachelor of Social Work can apply for entry into the one-year, 30-credit Master of Social Work. Students with a baccalaureate degree other than a Bachelor of Social Work can apply for entry into the two-year, 60-credit Master of Social Work program.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Social Work
- Specialization: Social Work
- Subject: Specialty
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Options
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

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Program Objectives

‌•Practice in accordance with social work values and ethics that acknowledge the history and laws of UAE society.
‌•Practice in a culturally competent manner that promotes quality of life and well-being, human rights and social and economic justice, with diverse Arab, Muslim and expatriate populations of the UAE and GCC.
‌•Use, produce and apply research knowledge to enhance their skills for practice with the diverse Arab/Muslim families, children, individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies of the UAE and GCC.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
‌•Use communication/facilitation skills ethically in building empowering relationships with the diverse populations in the UAE, the Arab Gulf and internationally.
‌•Employ skills for influencing policy formulation and change in communities that advance social and economic justice.
‌•Apply knowledge and leadership skills in managing projects, and working with community groups and/or organizations to address populations at risk and engage in community resource development
‌•Demonstrate skills in quantitative/qualitative research design, data analysis, program evaluation, practice evaluation, community needs assessments, and knowledge dissemination.
‌•Apply the knowledge, values, ethical principles, and skills of a generalist social work perspective to practice with diverse social systems in the UAE, the Arab Gulf and internationally.
‌•Analyze social policies at a local, regional, national, and international level.
‌•Evaluate existing research studies and one’s own practice interventions.
‌•Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.

Program Structure

Required Courses (21.00 hours)

‌•Models and Methods of Social Work Practice
‌•Leadership & Supervision
‌•Intermediate Social Work Research
‌•Field Practicum II
‌•Directed Readings

Elective Courses - 9CH (3 courses) from a specialization track

‌•Health/Mental Health
‌•Social Work Practice with At Risk Students
‌•Social Work & Traditional Help Seeking Behavior
‌•Social Work in Behavioral Health Settings

‌•Criminal Justice/Substance Abuse
‌•Social Work in Criminal Justice Settings
‌•Social Work & Addictions
‌•Techniques in Rehabilitation Counseling

Bridge Program

For Students without the BSW degree (30.00 hours)
‌•Social Welfare Policy and Services: A worldview
‌•Human Behavior and Social Environments I
‌•Human Behavior and Social Environments II
‌•Research Methods for Social Work Practice
‌•Integrative Seminar
‌•Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
‌•Social Work Practice with Groups
‌•Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
‌•Field Education I

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