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MSc Social Work at the University of Lincoln

Change your world - MSc Social Work at the University of Lincoln

  • Qualify as a registered social worker with this two-year Master’s
  • Undertake two major practice placements with key social work agencies
  • Apply now for January 2020 start

Few careers can make such a difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities as social work.

Supporting the youngest to the oldest in society, practising as a social worker can take you from hospitals to care homes, schools to communities, as you help people through some of the most important and challenging periods of their lives.

You could find yourself guiding a young person through their mental health journey, helping a family to grow through adoption, or supporting vulnerable people to improve their independence and wellbeing.

The MSc Social Work postgraduate degree at the University of Lincoln aims to deliver an innovative and intellectually challenging programme through which students can gain the professional knowledge and skills needed to qualify and practise as a registered social worker.

MSc Social Work at the University of Lincoln


Lincoln’s MSc Social Work satisfies all the professional qualification requirements set by the current professional regulator in the UK, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social work practitioner with the newly established regulatory body, Social Work England.

The Course

This Master’s course is designed to support students to develop as competent, confident, analytical, and reflective practitioners, able to practise safely and effectively in complex and challenging environments. Throughout the programme students have the opportunity to integrate knowledge, theory, research, and practice.

A central feature is a focus on inter-professional learning, enabling students to learn, develop and collaborate with students from other disciplines in Lincoln’s School of Health and Social Care, such as nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The School, based in a new £19 million building, maintains strong international connections, providing opportunities for international focused teaching and study visits.

Students can engage in the vibrant research environment with opportunities to build on links between social work practice and research and undertake their own real-world research study as part of the Master’s qualification.

MSc Social Work at the University of Lincoln

Practice Placement

Lincoln’s School of Health and Social Care works closely with key social work agencies. In each year of the course, students undertake an assessed practice placement (totaling 170 days over the two years) within the statutory, voluntary or independent sectors. Placements are supervised and assessed by a practice educator with a dedicated support team in place to advise students on how to make the most of their experience.*

About the University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln was awarded Gold – the highest standard possible - in the national Teaching Excellence Framework, an independent assessment of teaching quality in UK higher education. The award reflects exciting teaching, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes. Lincoln is ranked 17th in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and known for a pioneering approach to working with employers.

Apply Now

Applications are now open for the MSc Social Work at the University of Lincoln, enrolling in January 2020. Please apply directly to the University. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2019. Applications for 2021 entry should be made through UCAS.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.

* Students may incur additional costs for travel to practice placements on this course and are expected to hold a UK Driving Licence. Eligible students may be able to apply for an NHS Student Bursary for Practice Placement Expenses. Please see: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-bursary-students


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