This course will be held at the Medway Campus
Kent's MA in Social Work offers you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work alongside a Master’s degree. Successful graduates are eligible for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the regulatory body for social work.
The School is recognised worldwide for its research quality and was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School was also placed 3rd for research intensity, 5th for research impact and 5th for research quality (GPA). Further to this, an impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF and 99% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality while the 2015 Times League Table ranked Social Work 1st in the UK for research quality.
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The programme meets the Professional Capabilities Framework as required by the College of Social Work. You gain the knowledge and skills needed by professional social workers and provides extensive work in practice learning settings that meet Government requirements. The MA is a full-time, two-year programme running from September each year.
The MA invites you to think coherently and systematically about the context, nature and aims of social work in the UK. Kent’s social work students have an excellent employability record with 85% of graduates in work six months after graduation – 95% of these in managerial positions.
The changes taking place in social work nationally make this an exciting and challenging time to join us. Our team includes qualified practitioners with experience in a range of services and management settings who are constantly examining change and its implications on the future of social work.
Format and assessment
The programme incorporates critical analysis and practice-based skills. This includes a two-day observational practice learning opportunity and a 70-day practice learning opportunity in Stage 1, with a further 100-day placement in Stage 2.
In addition to assessed work, linked to both taught modules and practice learning, you also complete a dissertation in a specific area of research in your second year.
Kent’s social work students have an excellent employability record with 85% of graduates in work six months after graduation.
Social work jobs exist in local authority and health settings (eg social services departments, hospital settings), voluntary organisations (Barnardo's, NSPCC) and private agencies such as private fostering agencies and care homes.
Some graduates choose to undertake agency work.
How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
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Postgraduate scholarships and funding
We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/
English language learning
If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html