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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    05 December 2017

Course content

Course content

 The programme is appropriate for you if you are interested in:

  • High professional and academic standards;                                                            
  • A commitment to forms of practice which proactively address discrimination and oppression;
  • A strong emphasis on research-mindedness;
  • Excellent practice learning opportunities provided in partnership with local and regional social work agencies and service users.
  • If you have completed relevant work experience prior to applying

If you enjoy:

  • Problem solving
  • Creative thinking
  • Working independently and in groups
  • Engaging in debate

If you want:

  • A qualification that will equip you for a range of careers in social work, social care, probation and criminal justice.
  • To work in statutory, voluntary and independent sector organisations in the UK and overseas.

About the programme

Students may study typically over 2 academic years to successfully complete and receive the MA Social Work.

The programme has three possible levels of outcome:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert): The Postgraduate Certificate lasts for approximately twelve months. Completion of a set number of academic credits will enable the award of Postgraduate Certificate.
  • Postgraduate Diploma ( PG Dip): The Postgraduate Diploma lasts for a period of between twelve and twenty four months. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is conditional on the achievement of academic credits at Master’s level (FHEQ Level 7).
  • Master’s Degree (MA): Completion of the dissertation will enable students to achieve the cumulative 180 credits required for the award of the MA. 

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

The MA Social Work will equip you for a range of careers in social work, social care, probation and criminal justice. You will be able to work in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector organisations in the UK and overseas.

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Human Development and Psychology
  • Across the Lifespan
  • Social Work Law and Social Policy
  • Social Work Methods of Assessment,
  • Intervention, Risk and Safeguarding
  • Values, Dilemmas and Conflicts in
  • Social Work Practice
  • Assessed Practice 1
  • Professional Practice Skills

Year Two

  • Research Methods and Dissertation
  • Reflection, Analysis and Decision Making with Children and Adults
  • Assessed Practice 2 

Teaching and assessment

We focus on teaching quality as our first priority. Teaching staff are accessible and approachable and all of our staff have experience of working within a statutory or voluntary social work agency which means that you will be taught by professionals who have extensive, professional practice experience, as well as who publish a large number of nationally recognised books on social work. You will be supported in small tutor groups and will be allocated a dedicated personal tutor who will work with you for the duration of your course and support you in the application of professional standards in practice placements and the development of critical evaluation and reflection.

Most modules are assessed through written assignments or presentations. The practice elements of the course are assessed through portfolio presentation and assessor reports. The course includes a dissertation module.


Visit the Social Work (MA) page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

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