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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years full time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    20 September 2018

Course content

Professionally recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our practice-led degree allows you to achieve professional competency and an ability to relate academic theory and knowledge to social work practice. You'll develop knowledge of social work theories and methods of assessment and intervention, as well as reflective approaches to human needs and behaviour, current social policy and law. You’ll leave us well prepared for employment in social care.

Key features

  • Achieve a qualification with a degree recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) allowing you to apply to register as a social worker with the HCPC.
  • Develop professionally by spending 170 days in supervised practice settings - with placement opportunities in agencies, in statutory and voluntary sectors throughout the South West.
  • Benefit from a bursary to support you in your studies – available to many students.
  • Achieve a highly desirable qualification in social work.
  • Excellent employability - 95 per cent of our September 2013 graduates are in employment.
  • Our teaching staff - who are leading the way in their subjects, carrying out internationally respected research - will inspire you.
  • Learn from qualified social work practitioners.
  • Gain experience first-hand with the involvement of service users and carers throughout the programme.

Course details

Programme overview

You’ll learn in a variety of different settings and ways and use a wide range of skills and techniques to allow you to do this. In order to begin this process, there is an induction period at the start of the programme that helps you establish supportive networks. Teaching and learning seminars are usually arranged on an average of three full days each week, with the rest of the week allocated for preparatory directed self-learning. Most modules follow a similar format, especially during the first year of the programme. The learning in each module usually involves a combination of preparatory directed self-learning taught sessions and seminars. The student portal provides access to the teaching and learning material and it also has the facility for communication between you and your fellow students as well as your module leader and teachers. This will allow you to work collaboratively and to have your questions addressed. This programme is not part of the Integrated Masters Scheme.

Core modules

  • SCW701 Social Policy and Law
  • SCW702 Professional Practice
  • SCW703 Contemporary Social Work Theories and Issues
  • SCW704 Ethics and Values for Social Workers
  • SCW705 Research for Social Work Practice
  • SCW706 Integrated Practice I

Final year

Core modules

  • SCW707 Integrated Practice II
  • SCW708 Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MA Social Work 4080

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


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

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