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Full Time MA Degrees in Social Work, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Manchester Metropolitan University has a long established programme of providing social work education including both post graduate and undergraduate qualifying courses in social work, doctoral level research, post qualification professional training and post registration training. Read more
Manchester Metropolitan University has a long established programme of providing social work education including both post graduate and undergraduate qualifying courses in social work, doctoral level research, post qualification professional training and post registration training.

The overall purpose of our programmes is to produce professionally capable, analytical and critical reflective social work practitioners, capable of working in any social work service or setting. We seek to develop professionals committed to a value based approach to practice and the promotion of social justice and positive social change.

The Social Work department is home to a wealth of research activities and groups which informs our teaching and helps to inform the way in which Social Work is viewed throughout the country.

At Manchester Met we recognise the value of excellent relations with local and national employers. We are active in working in partnership with local agencies, charities and volunteer agencies in order to develop placement opportunities for our students and innovative in creating post registration and professional development curricula.

The Department of Social Care and Social Work is strongly committed to engagement with the communities where our social care and social work graduates will work. We have an active Service Users and Carers Group, who feed in and evaluate how our programmes are designed and provide essential experience and guidance to our students.

Features and benefits of the course

Our MA in Social Work is specifically designed for postgraduates who wish to become registered professional social work practitioners and successful completion of our programme confers eligibility to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The MA programme is aligned against the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers and the Knowledge and Skills Statements for social work with children and families and adults (where appropriate). It offers an exciting opportunity to undertake a professional training programme whilst studying for a Master's degree.

The programme has a strong commitment to:
-Promoting a value based approach to social work practice based on rights and social justice
-Integrating social work practice with the essential skills, knowledge, values and attributes essential to become an effective and humane social work practitioner.
-Preparing our students for the demands, challenges and opportunities to promote positive social change as professional social work practitioners.

Placement options

The programme incorporates two social work practice learning placements. The first placement is of 70 days duration and the second and final placement is of 100 days. The university has an excellent relationship with a range of statutory, non-statutory, voluntary and private agencies providing social work services and social work placements. Students are fully supported throughout their placements by a specialist placement team and network of experienced practice based social work educators.

About the Course

The MA in Social Work is delivered over two years and focuses on:
-Essential values, skills and knowledge in social work
-Critical perspectives on social work
-Law, policy and social work practice
-Research and research mindedness
-Professional development and readiness for practice in social work

All our programmes take a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Each individual student will receive a named personal tutor throughout their studies and have access to excellent dedicated student learning support services on site. Teaching and learning opportunities include lectures, seminars, student-led projects, presentations, workshops and self-directed study. The university library for social work is located on site and is excellently stocked and has the benefit of highly skilled and supportive specialist library staff.

Please note that the MA in Social Work requires the successful completion of the postgraduate social work academic programme and placements.

This route also includes completion of a Research Methods unit and Research Study (typically a dissertation). If you are invited for interview we will go through the programme in more detail on the day.

Bursaries may be available for this programme subject to specific criteria applied by the University and the NHS Bursaries office. For the latest information visit http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

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University of Salford School of Health Sciences
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IN BRIEF. Qualify as a professional social worker while gaining a master's degree. Integrate knowledge, theory, research and practical understanding to use in your professional practice with a programme designed collaboratively with service users, practitioners, carers, students and academic staff. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Qualify as a professional social worker while gaining a master's degree
  • Integrate knowledge, theory, research and practical understanding to use in your professional practice with a programme designed collaboratively with service users, practitioners, carers, students and academic staff
  • A range of practice placement opportunities are available
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

We welcome students of all backgrounds who seek an MA in Social Work that develops critical analysis, open debate, questioning and dismantling of conceptual frameworks.  If you want professional social work training founded on principles of empowerment and social justice look no further.

This qualification opens up a challenging and rewarding career in social work, social justice and political activism within the diverse field of social care.  This nationally and internationally recognised qualification equips graduates to work in the voluntary, statutory and private sector within fields such as policy, therapeutic intervention, research and management.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course comprises 50% academic study and 50% practice learning in a social work/care workplace setting.

The University makes every effort to assist students in finding a placement but is unable to guarantee that a placement opportunity will be available or that students will have access to the placement of their choice. There is a nationally recognised shortage of placements and availability is dependent upon external providers who are able to offer a limited number of placements opportunities. If you are unable to take up a placement opportunity you will need to return any funding that you receive from the Student Loan Company if you are not actively attending the programme.

TEACHING

The course is delivered using an action learning approach which places the emphasis on group work and individual responsibility for researching and collaborating.

ASSESSMENT

  • Assignments
  • Practice Portfolio
  • Independent Project
  • Exams
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Presentations

EMPLOYABILITY

This course provides the professional social work qualification which enables graduates to work in any area of social work practice, including the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

CAREER PROSPECTS

When you qualify you would enter social work which then offers you the opportunity to undertake post-qualifying training to enable you to progress in an area of social work which interests you – such as mental health or child protection. One of the joys of having a social work qualification is that there is no typical trajectory. It allows you the scope and freedom to mould your own career path in-line with your personal motivation.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

Our course is operated and developed in close conjunction with local social work agencies and local authorities.

FURTHER STUDY

Social work research at Salford is a vibrant activity and you may choose to return to complete a research degree.



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Our MA Social Work course will help you become a highly effective social worker through a combination of teaching and practice placements. Read more
Our MA Social Work course will help you become a highly effective social worker through a combination of teaching and practice placements.

Our course meets the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for social work practice in England, the Knowledge and Skills Statements for children, adult and mental health social workers, and the regulatory requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC upon completion of the course.

You will benefit from particularly high quality placements and greater input from practising social workers through our membership of the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy, a government-sponsored Teaching Partnership that ensures close links between local employers and universities across Greater Manchester.

Both placements and taught elements will help you learn how to work with a variety of user groups in a range of settings.

Aims

The course aims to:
-Qualify you as a registered social worker
-Prepare you to work safely and effectively with service users and carers
-Produce social work practitioners who are intellectually inquisitive and motivated to pursue further learning and research and professional development throughout their career

Career opportunities

Our course offers a professional qualification that is nationally and internationally recognised.

You will gain the skills to take up challenging and stimulating social work posts in a variety of fields within the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

You will also have opportunities to practice across a range of settings and with different service user groups, including working within children, adult and mental health services.

Your future career prospects may also be enhanced through statutory experience within our Teaching Partnership.

Accrediting organisations

As well as regulating individual social workers and students, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulates the content and performance of social work courses.

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University of Salford School of Health Sciences
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IN BRIEF. Social pedagogy offers new approaches to working with communities across the lifespan. Develop knowledge and skills to integrate learning, relationships and community participation. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Social pedagogy offers new approaches to working with communities across the lifespan
  • Develop knowledge and skills to integrate learning, relationships and community participation
  • Experiential learning, undertaking projects within the community
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

Social pedagogy is a strengths based approach that connects learning to care and solving social problems. Its philosophy originates from Northern Europe but is increasingly influential in the UK. This course equips you to contribute within community, social care, health and educational occupational settings across the life course. You will be able to model approaches to learning and apply principles and values; increasing the capacity of individuals and communities.

You will participate in the co-production of the teaching, which promotes self-directed, experiential and group based learning. You will explore the contribution of positive activities including art and games. This course will model approaches to learning, participation and relationship based work. At the core of social pedagogy is a commitment to ethics, values and the uniqueness of every individual. These dilemmas will be explored drawing on an understanding of self, relationships and reflection.

You will draw upon an integrated understanding of key themes and disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, social theories of learning and anthropology.

You will benefit from strong collaboration with related disciplines within the University. You will also benefit from opportunities and pathways that have are being established with community partners. There are also possible placement opportunities being identified to complement and deepen learning.

COURSE DETAILS

The course requires the completion of five modules and attendance in all three semesters between September 2017 and the beginning of September 2018.

Semester 1

Philosophy and Theory of Social Pedagogy 

Approaches and Practices within Social Pedagogy

Semester 2

Engagement and Experiential Learning

Research Methods for Social Pedagogy

Semester 3

Research Dissertation

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course provides integrated content with an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus. You will be required to integrate learning from vocational and professional settings. There is also the opportunity for you to experience placement settings and study visits to organizations within the UK and Europe who we have created links with.

TEACHING

As far as possible learning approaches and content will be co-produced with students.

These may include:

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Workshops within community settings
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Experiential learning
  • Independent and self-directed study
  • Activities/games
  • Tutorials
  • Supervision in respect of experiential learning and research dissertation

ASSESSMENT

  • Written assignments
  • Plan and delivery of workshop
  • Research proposal
  • Evaluation of experiential learning
  • Production of consultation
  • Presentation

CAREER PROSPECTS

Social Pedagogy is increasing its profile and application within the UK. In the past ten years it has been increasingly applied within residential settings and foster care provision for looked after children. It has also been applied within adult social care settings such as the Camphill learning disability communities in Scotland. Its emphasis on participation, collaboration and co-production means that it is well placed to inform approaches that seek to build, social capital and capabilities of individuals. The above means that it offers applicable skills for those working within, care, and community development, early years, young people’s provision, educational and heath settings. The course will equip those involved in the strategic and policy roles, manager and professionals working within these disciplines.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

We have established partnerships with four local housing trusts. These are all involved in developing participation and community projects across the lifespan. We also have links with Salford Children’s Trust. Discussions have also taken place with services for looked after children and care leavers in the region. These will provide possibilities for students to engage with communities as part of experiential learning and to undertake work experience placements where they contribute to social pedagogically informed practice.

FURTHER STUDY

On completion of this degree, students would be able to apply to do a PhD in Social Policy, or a related subject area at the University of Salford, or another university within the UK or abroad.



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The evolving landscape of Health and Social Care provision in the 21st century presents a constant challenge to those working in the field, demanding critical approaches to problem solving, an understanding of local and global contexts and an understanding of research and evidence informed practice. Read more
The evolving landscape of Health and Social Care provision in the 21st century presents a constant challenge to those working in the field, demanding critical approaches to problem solving, an understanding of local and global contexts and an understanding of research and evidence informed practice.

This taught programme offers an exciting opportunity to critically assess policy and practice related to Health and Social Care. The programme examines relevant issues within the current political and social frameworks in national and international contexts.

This flexible course builds on students’ existing knowledge and experience and encourages a collaborative and supported approach to study. It is taught by a dedicated team of academics and draws on the wider expertise and research knowledge of academics in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

Features and benefits of the course

-The MA in Health and Social Care has been developed in conjunction with employers.
-The multi-disciplinary delivery team has a commitment to research informed teaching and research publication. They aim to make your learning experience memorable and to ensure it has an impact on your personal and professional development.
-It is envisaged that the course will compose UK and international students. You will, therefore, have the opportunity to draw on the experiences of a variety of peers and opportunities to share and discuss this knowledge and expertise. This knowledge and expertise will be integrated into a facilitated approach to teaching and learning.
-The choice of optional units from across the Faculty will provide the opportunity for inter-professional learning.
-The dissertation element of the programme will allow you to focus on your own professional interest.
-The programme is taught in a new “state of the art” building which houses the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care in the heart of Manchester. Work which engages the local community will form part of the programme.

About the Course

The MA Health and Social care is made up of several core and optional units across a range of Health and Social care disciplines. To achieve the MA qualification, students must successfully complete 180 credits, for the PGDip 120 credits and the PGCert 60 credits.

Assessment details

Assessment for this course will be through a mix of reflective assignments, literature reviews, methodological analysis, student presentations and research projects. Detailed guidance for each will be provided and explained at the commencement of the unit.

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University of Manchester School of Law
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The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts. They will also develop the ethical and medico-legal knowledge and research skills required for writing a Masters-level dissertation, and will be well prepared for further research if they so desire.

You study a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars. Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of 2 hours, and is split roughly equally between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called challenge-response model). Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which a student is enrolled is thus compulsory . For course units of 15 credit value there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the two 30 credit core course units. In addition, students who wish to complete the MA must submit a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits); no dissertation is required for the PGDip or PGCert. Part-time students undertake a supervised dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those who do not successfully complete the MA you may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

Those who do not successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.
The awards of the MA or Postgraduate Diploma are classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction. The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded unclassified.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both medical, legal and ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in medico-legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of healthcare professionals.

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