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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    27 February 2019

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.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page as soon as possible to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.


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

Supervision and duration of placements

You will be supervised in practice by qualified Practice Educators providing you with essential practice experience that will develop your social work knowledge and skills.

In year one you will undertake a 70-day placement in a social care setting, and in year two you will undertake 100 days within a social work team, undertaking statutory tasks.

Placement settings and contexts

The range of placements includes:

  • Social work teams delivering services to older people, children and families or people with disabilities
  • Hospital social work teams
  • Residential and day care settings
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Mental health services
  • Supported housing and homelessness schemes


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.

Potential future job roles

Career progression may lead to you becoming a:

  • Social Worker
  • Community Care Officer
  • Team Leader
  • Service Manager
  • Academic Lecturer.

Visit the Social Work MA page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!





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