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MA Social Work

Course Description

This social work training programme aims to educate and train individuals to be reflective, research-minded practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principle of anti-discriminatory practice. Graduates who successfully complete this programme are eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration.

The professional and academic elements are closely integrated throughout the programme. There are 170 placement days, with the working week divided between time in placement and time in the University.

This MA Social Work degree programme aims to provide high quality post graduate social work education and training to equip students with a beginning capability to work in any agency employing social workers in the United Kingdom. It also confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a social worker upon successful completion of the prescribed programme of study. Although the statutory sector is the major employer, increasingly social workers are being recruited into the voluntary and private sectors, whether as commissioners or providers of services and whether in field, residential or day services. The programme seeks to encourage the personal responsibility of students to function as independent learners and to develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the role of social work in society.

The curriculum provides teaching in both academic and practice elements, which at Brunel University London are fully integrated. It is designed to ensure that learning occurs in an incremental way, with learning outcomes that develop across levels enabling students to demonstrate progression in professional knowledge, skills and values through two years of study. Specifically, the programme aims to:
prepare students for critical and reflective professional practice according to the HCPC’s approval standards of education, and The College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework;
equip students to practise ethical, innovative and effective social work practice that actively promotes social justice in a diverse society;
integrate learning in academic and practice elements of the programme so that students have a holistic understanding of social work in variety of professional contexts;
enable students to identify, understand and critically appraise evidence and research which can inform social work practice;
enable graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for membership of The College of Social Work (TCSW) and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

The programme is transitionally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Students enjoy first-rate facilities in the new Mary Seacole Building.
We are one of the leading providers of university-based social work and social policy research in London and have attracted funding from, amongst other sources, the ESRC, the AHRC, Nuffield Foundation, the Rowntree Trust, the European Union, the Department for Education and Skills and the NHS.
Students benefit from close links with social care providers in local government and in the voluntary sector.
Service users and carers are crucial to our work, and our BEEC (Brunel Experts by Experience Committee) enables them to be involved at all stages of the MA, from interview to assessment.
Recent groundbreaking research into personalisation, service user involvement, Family Drug and Alcohol Courts, youth and religion, and the experiences of older people, amongst other areas, feed into our taught programmes, making them highly relevant and up-to-date. We have four active research centres, members of which include the authors of best selling books on citizenship, community care and child protection.
We have a long-standing commitment to mature applicants and students from ethnic minorities. Anti-discriminatory practice has been at the core of our education and training philosophy for some years and this emphasis is evident in the teaching of this programme.
Brunel University London has a long history of securing a range of quality placements across London and surrounding areas. We have substantial experience in working across the statutory and independent sector and have strong partnership links.

Entry Requirements

We normally require a First class or 2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. We will consider applicants with at least a 2.2 Honours degree in a related subject (eg Education; Sociology; Social Policy; Politics; Psychology; Law; Health and/or Social Care).

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £7,000 full-time. International students: £16,500 full-time

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