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University of Bedfordshire, Full Time MA Degrees in Social Work

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Every country’s approach to social work and social development is different, and this course will help you acquire the skills and knowledge you will need to give your career a global perspective. Read more
Every country’s approach to social work and social development is different, and this course will help you acquire the skills and knowledge you will need to give your career a global perspective.

Your studies will provide a broad level of understanding by exposing you to the variety of ways in which our subjects are approached in diverse contexts, and there will be a particular focus on the global south, and on recognising how responses to social issues have developed.

There will also be an emphasis on issues which have an international dimension, such as human rights and social justice, trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

[Why choose this course?]]

• Study, compare and evaluate different welfare regimes and indigenous responses to human need within a framework of equality and social justice
• Explore the ethical aspects of your subject including attention to power and anti-discriminatory practice
• Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge, theoretical and ethical underpinnings and approaches to international social work and social development in diverse global contexts
• Gain an in-depth knowledge and critical appreciation of research models and methods, and acquire a high level of skill in evaluating and undertaking research while working within a robust ethical framework
• Benefit from a programme that will give you the core skills, initiative and professionalism necessary to carry out direct work with clients in a range of settings, for example working for NGOs, governments or voluntary organisations.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/international-social-work-and-social-development#about

Course detail

This course offers global perspectives, theoretical foundations, ethics and practice skills equipping social work and social development professionals to respond effectively in diverse country contexts and make global-local connections. It aims to enable students to develop cultural competence and the ability to work effectively in different global contexts.

You will develop critical thinking, enquiry and evaluation in response to human need encouraging reflectiveness, increasing self-awareness and questioning of models of practice. You will also develop team working skills as be exposed to multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse working, both through collaboration with other students and observing practice in community-based projects.

The course aims to equip students with the skills to carry out research and to understand the implications of research for practice. It also provides the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of a specialist subject of your own choosing.

The practice skills element of the course enables students to apply theory to practice and to develop the core skills, initiative and professionalism necessary to carry out direct work with clients in a range of settings; for example working for NGOs, government or voluntary organisations.

Modules

• International Social Work and Social Development
• Comparative Social Work and Cultural Competence - Approaches, Policy and Practice
• Models and Methods of Social Investigation
• Human Rights, Advocacy and Social Justice
• Complexities of Forced Migration: Human Displacement, Trafficking and Refuge
• Humanitarian Aid, Non-governmental Organisations and Social Work in Disasters
• Gender in International Social Work and Social Development
• International Relations - Globalization
• Practice Skills Workshops – Project Management, Training and Development, Evaluation and Communication Skills
• Dissertation

Assessment

The assessment methods include:
• Case studies
• Reflective accounts of student experience
• Individual and group presentations
• Design of a training package
• Analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data
• The dissertation allows you to undertake a research project and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations

Careers

There is growing demand in both developed and developing countries for the skills of social work and social development professionals. A wide range of job opportunities is available in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors, these include specialist roles in NGOs and various humanitarian organisations.

Job titles for typical successful Masters students include: Social Development Worker, Child Protection Worker, Community Worker, Animateur, Project Worker, Women’s Worker, Gender based Violence Specialist, Advocacy Worker. Roles in policy and research in the public, private and NGO sector are also open to graduates.

Further study options include PhD or the Professional Doctorate for Home/EU Students.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The Master of Professional Social Work Practice (Step Up to Social Work) course allows graduates holding the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Social Work Practice to progress to a full Masters award by undertaking a work-based research project. Read more
The Master of Professional Social Work Practice (Step Up to Social Work) course allows graduates holding the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Social Work Practice to progress to a full Masters award by undertaking a work-based research project.

This work-based course will enable you to gain the systematic and independent ability to critically evaluate current theoretical understanding and practice.

You will develop the skills needed to apply knowledge-informed and evidence based practice in the workplace, and have opportunities to undertake a piece of supervised research.

At the end of your studies, you will have achieved a nationally-recognised professional qualification in Social Work together with a postgraduate academic award.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/master-of-professional-social-work-practice

Course detail

• Study in both classroom and practice settings to develop the skills of communication, teamwork and leadership you will need to address a range of increasingly complex issues
• Explore, understand and critically evaluate the power structures of society which create inequalities, and acquire an awareness of the tools and techniques which can be used to counter them
• Develop the skills of initiative, resourcefulness, critical reflection and emotional literacy that you will need if you are to offer successful solutions to human problems
• Gain a deep and systematic understanding of the applied social sciences that inform the knowledge and practice of social work, including sociology, social policy, law and ethics
• Benefit from a critical awareness of current social issues and develop confidence in the approaches required to address them.

Modules

• Dissertation for Qualified Social Workers

Assessment

Students progressing to the Master of Professional Social Work Practice award will design, carry out and evaluate original research in the workplace under the supervision of a member of the academic team, in order to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular practice area.

You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will work closely with the student to support the development of their research topic. You will normally be expected to negotiate the research area with senior managers in their employing organisation.

Careers

By completing the Master of Professional Social Work Practice you will be well placed to progress on to one of the School of Applied Social Studies' Professional Doctorate (DProf) awards in due course to enhance you own knowledge and career development as well as being able to make a distinctive contribution to your profession.

Further post-qualifying (PQ) level study is also available to qualified social workers in a range of settings, allowing graduates to engage in continuous professional development and demonstrate their fitness for continuing professional registration.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Your own interests will drive the direction of this course as you identify and address the latest theoretical concepts, evidence and research that are relevant to your individual practice. Read more
Your own interests will drive the direction of this course as you identify and address the latest theoretical concepts, evidence and research that are relevant to your individual practice.

You will have a rare opportunity to critically appraise and shape new ideas as they emerge, and enhance your understanding of the links between theory, research, evidence and policy development and its application to the design and delivery of services to children and young people.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

• Study and evaluate relevant research and practice, synthesise information from a range of sources, and work with a high level of autonomy and self-direction
• Explore the cultural and social constructions of childhood and youth, and the impact they have on the everyday lives of children and young people
• Develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of childhood and youth studies, and cultivate an analytical approach to contemporary methodological theories and developments
• Gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of the complexities surrounding the relationship between children’s rights, the ideologies and responsibilities for welfare, and the application of these elements in the experiences that effect children’s and young peoples’ lives.
• Benefit from enhanced career prospects by applying your new learning and expertise in professional contexts.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/childhood-and-youth-applied-perspectives

Course detail

This MA is designed to allow you to build upon your knowledge and critically consider the theoretical underpinning of societal responses to a range of needs, through policy development and service delivery across children and young people’s sectors in a globalised context.

The majority of units are designed and taught by colleagues within the School of Applied Social Studies or the Institute of Applied Social Research, winners of the 2013 Queen’s Anniversary prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in UK universities and colleges. The departments are recognised for their contribution to policy and practice.

This high quality context is coupled with the opportunities and added value of our extensive professional networks. Partnerships from across private, public and voluntary sectors provide input to courses, as well as research opportunities, practice teachers, placement opportunities and voluntary work experience, making it truly ‘applied’.

Modules

Semester 1 – two core units (2 x 30 credits)
• Dimensions of Childhood and Youth (30 credits)
• Models and methods of social enquiry (30 credits)

Semester 2 – one core unit (30 credits)
• Conceptual Frameworks: Theories Shaping Public Policy for Children and Young People’s Services (30 credits)

Plus two x 15 credit units chosen from:
• The Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People
• The participation of children and young people in research, policy and service delivery
• Critical issues in the design, delivery and evaluation of services to children, young people and their families
• Disability, Children and Young People
• Gypsies, Roma and Traveller Cultures and Communities: Oppression and Inequality
• Early Years
• Young people, group offending and violent crime
• Complexities of Forced Migration: Human Displacement, Trafficking and Refuge

Assessment

Assessments are designed to allow you to demonstrate high level skills of evaluation, synthesis, critical awareness of scholarship and the ability to formulate solutions and communicate findings.

Assessment aims to enhance the learning experience rather than simply provide academic hurdles to be surmounted. Nonetheless it must offer a reliable test of the your level of academic attainment.

The assessment strategy is intended to enable you to:
• Show originality in the application of knowledge and understand how the boundaries are advanced through research
• Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and show originality in tackling and solving problems
• Have the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiatives in complex and unpredictable professional environments

Careers

The course will allow you to achieve high levels of personal enquiry with the ability to understand the broader context of the discipline of social policy with particular regard to children and young people.

This knowledge and the ability to apply it, together with the collaborative approach adopted in the teaching and learning strategy, will offer you a transformative experience and equip you with the qualities and skills necessary for employment at a high level across the sector.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The Institute focuses on applied research in social contexts and offers opportunities to study for research-based degrees alongside nationally and internationally recognised experts and within specialised research groups.. Read more
The Institute focuses on applied research in social contexts and offers opportunities to study for research-based degrees alongside nationally and internationally recognised experts and within specialised research groups.

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