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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Social Work course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    14 June 2019

Our accredited Master’s degree in Social Work will equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to launch a rewarding career as a registered social worker.

You will study the ethics and values of social work, critical practice relating to the law around child and adult care, and the key theories and perspectives underpinning social work policy and practice.

As a Social Work student, you will spend half of your time on placement with social work agencies, learning through observation and practice, and the other half being taught on our Singleton Park campus.

Throughout your studies in Social Work, you will refine critical research and analytical skills in relation to social work practice and policy, and develop professional reflective practice techniques.

Why Social Work at Swansea?

Our Social Work course is accredited by Social Care Cymru and recognised by the regulatory bodies in the other UK nations, so on successful completion you can register as a qualified social worker.

We have excellent links with social work agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors, offering placements in a range of settings.

In your first year, you will have the opportunity to take part in a three-week homestay scheme at the University of Houston, Texas.

Based in our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a diverse teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections with students from a range of disciplines and nationalities.

According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014-2021, over 75% of research carried out at the college was of international or world-leading quality.

Your Social Work experience

Our teaching staff are all active in research at both a national and international level, covering diverse areas including looked-after children, service user and carer involvement in education, asylum seeking children and migration, and social inclusion and care needs of older people.

You will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).

Social Work careers

Job prospects are excellent; 95% of social work students from Swansea University are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of completing their undergraduate degree (Unistats 2017), and post-graduate students are expected to be in similar demand.

As a newly qualified social worker, you can expect a starting salary of around £28,000. Salaries for senior practitioners and team managers range from £33,000 to £45,000.

Social Work modules

The MSc in Social Work is a tightly structured course, comprising eight compulsory modules over the two years, including a dissertation in your second year.

Modules on the Social Work course may include:

  • Theories and Perspectives for Informing Social Work
  • Social Work Skills and Knowledge in Practice
  • Critical Practice in Child Care and Law
  • Ethics and Values in Social Work
  • Undertaking & Using Social Work Research for Practice
  • Social Work Skills and Knowledge and Service Users' Perspectives
  • Critical Practice in Adult Care and Law

How you're taught on the Social Work course

The Social Work course is both academic and practice-based, you will complete a minimum of 200 days practice learning across the two years. Half of the programme is devoted to supervised practice in social service agencies, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn through observation, rehearsal and performance. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.

Academic study in Social Work will be based on Singleton campus during Semester one and then placement learning in a social care agency during Semester two. 

During Semester one you will be on campus for a minimum of four days per week. Placement learning is full-time Monday to Friday, following agency hours.

In year one you will undertake a 20-day observational placement followed by an 80-day ‘direct practice’ placement. 

In year two you will undertake a 100-day ‘direct-practice’ placement. The social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.

During year two you will also complete a desk-based literature review or a piece of empirical research. 

Your learning will be assessed through written essays, oral presentations, I.T. based exercises, reflective commentaries and portfolio work across the two years of study.

Practice placements are assessed by a combination of written work, observed practice and personal assessments using the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.

You will also be expected to complete a research dissertation and poster presentation in your second year of study (15,000 words approx.) with support from an assigned supervisor. 

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Visit the Social Work MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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