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The MA programme at Leeds offers a “fast track” programme to professional registration as a social worker. It’s an exciting opportunity for graduates with some experience and knowledge of social care to enter a challenging and rewarding profession that contributes to the well-being of society.

This respected programme has strong partnership links to the statutory, private, voluntary and independent sectors, and our graduates are highly sought after in the employment market. During the programme, you'll have excellent placement opportunities across a range of providers.

You’ll benefit from the small student number we recruit and will enjoy a high level of support from tutors. Practice and theory have equal value on the programme, and they inform and develop each other.

The Social Work MA involves service users and carers in all aspects of our programme and supports an inter-professional perspective in both the theory and practice of social work, studied at a world-leading university.


Graduates of this HCPC-approved programme are eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on the HCPC Register.

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You’ll study the law and social work with children, families and adults. You’ll learn about research methods and complete a dissertation. You’ll also be required to undertake 200 days of placement in a social work setting, supported by practice teachers and assessors.

This programme accepts a small number of students in each year group and the social work team is committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and challenging environment for study.

Course structure

Year 1 Compulsory modules

  • Social Work Law 1 15 credits
  • Social Work with Adults 15 credits
  • Social Work with Children & Families 15 credits
  • Professional Practice 4 30 credits
  • Research Methods 15 credits

Year 2 Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation 45 credits
  • Social Work Law 2 15 credits
  • Professional Practice 5 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Social Work MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The social work programme is designed to allow you to study as an adult learner. The programme’s methods of study and training are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice. There is a strong emphasis on developing a critically reflective practitioner. Service users and carers along with experienced current practitioners take a full part in the teaching and learning on the programme. You’ll have access to modern University and School of Healthcare facilities.


The course is assessed through a combination of essay, exam, practice portfolio and dissertation. The workload of assessment is carefully spread throughout the programme.

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




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