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University of the West of Scotland, Full Time MSc Degrees in Social Work

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Enhance your understanding of the processes involved in people becoming substance users and problematic substance users and broaden your career options. Read more
Enhance your understanding of the processes involved in people becoming substance users and problematic substance users and broaden your career options.

About the programme

Addiction problems involve an interaction between the drug, the individual and the environment. This programme provides a critical perspective on substance use and misuse and looks at the evidence base for policies and interventions within the area. Full-time, part-time and distance learning study is available. Study modes are supported by the virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Applicants with a 2.1 honours degree in a relevant subject can study the MSc in one calendar year. Students successfully completing the PG Diploma can progress to the MSc in the subsequent academic session.

Pg Cert Addiction Practice (part-time) 9-21 months; Pg Dip Alcohol and Drug Studies (full-time/part-time) 9 months/up to 36 months; MSc Alcohol and Drug Studies (full-time/part-time) 11 months.

Practical experience

Postgraduate Diploma students can opt to complete a placement in a research setting or a service/workbased setting, or the module ‘Alcohol/ Drugs: Policy/Practice Review’.

Your learning

Postgraduate Certificate in Addiction Practice (3 modules at SCQF Level 11)
• Understanding Substance Use and Addiction
• Change and Intervention Methods
• Placement

Postgraduate Diploma: Alcohol and Drugs Studies (6 modules at SCQF Level 11)
• Understanding Substance Use and Addiction
• Alcohol/Drugs Policy: Change and Intervention Methods
• Alcohol/Drugs Policy: Evidence Science & Policy
• Alcohol/Drugs Policy: Local to Global
• Placement (in current workplace, or an alcohol/drug setting, or a research setting) or Alcohol/Drugs: Policy/Practice Review
• Research Methods – investigates research design and application

MSc (9 modules at SCQF Level 11)
Students will additionally complete a triple module research dissertation with supervised guidance and present their findings in a thesis.

Our Careers Adviser says

Many full-time students quickly find employment on graduation. Part-time and distance learning students use their qualifications for career enhancement or to develop specialisms in social work, health/ medicine or criminal justice.

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info. Many part-time and distance learning students seek funding support from their employers. Independent applications can be made to Alcohol Research UK for either full-time or part-time/distance learning study routes: http://www.alcoholresearchuk.org

Research excellence

Research carried out by our staff underpins all of our teaching activity, which means you’ll directly benefit from our extensive expertise in a variety of fascinating, relevant areas. Our research outputs span academic publications and a range of contributions to official reports. Our research work is coordinated through a set of interdisciplinary research groups in Applied Psychology, Civil Society and Governance, Health Behaviours and Policy, and Social Work.

We would be interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in pursuing postgraduate studies linked to any aspect of our research work. In addition, we offer a range of research-based modules and short courses for continuing professional development. Our portfolio of research-led taught postgraduate programmes is now expanding across the full range of subject areas.

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With placement opportunities available this programme, which achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015, qualifies you to work as a careers guidance practitioner. Read more
With placement opportunities available this programme, which achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015, qualifies you to work as a careers guidance practitioner.

MSc (online) up to 2 years; Diploma (full-time/part-time or online) 1 year/2 years; Certificate (part-time/online) up to 2 years

About the programme

Career guidance practitioners provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group. This programme focuses on professional practice, personal reflection and critical analysis of practice.

The Masters allows guidance practitioners to undertake research and work evaluation as part of their ongoing professional development.

Additional Entry Information

We welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds, including groups which have been underrepresented in the career guidance profession.

Applicants for the online learning Certificate and Diploma are expected to be employed for the whole duration of their programme in a career or educational guidance context, or in an organisation whose main function is to give educational or careers guidance to adults.

Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.

Practical experience

Postgraduate Diploma students learning on-campus are provided with placements and practical opportunities for practice, with opportunities to experience how career guidance practitioners operate in organisations and as training providers.

Your learning

- Certificate and Diploma:
The Certificate consists of three modules and the Diploma six. The core module is Reflective Guidance Practice. Additional modules include Models of Professional Practice; Career Coaching and Development; Career Related Policy; Career Development Theory; Reflective Guidance Practice; and Labour Market Studies.

- MSc:
You can take up to two years of further part-time study towards a Masters award either by completing a dissertation, or by completing a literature review and associated article. Part-time and online learning Those already working in the sector can study part-time or online. You must have access to clients to undertake practical assessments, and to a mentor. If seeking professional accreditation beyond the Postgraduate Diploma award, you will undertake a two-week placement in another guidance organisation in Year 2.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates have a successful record of gaining employment as career guidance practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors within the UK.

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Diploma can include completion of the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) which is professionally accredited by the Career Development Institute UK (CDIUK).

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

Research excellence

Research carried out by our staff underpins all of our teaching activity, which means you’ll directly benefit from our extensive expertise in a variety of fascinating, relevant areas. Our research outputs span academic publications and a range of contributions to official reports. Our research work is coordinated through a set of interdisciplinary research groups in Applied Psychology, Civil Society and Governance, Health Behaviours and Policy, and Social Work.

We would be interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in pursuing postgraduate studies linked to any aspect of our research work. In addition, we offer a range of research-based modules and short courses for continuing professional development. Our portfolio of research-led taught postgraduate programmes is now expanding across the full range of subject areas.

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Our MSc offers a pioneering new programme that contributes to youth and community practices that promote equality, human flourishing, participation and social justice. Read more
Our MSc offers a pioneering new programme that contributes to youth and community practices that promote equality, human flourishing, participation and social justice. This MSc brings three interlinked routes to professional qualification and to CPD or International Masters.

Your Learning

Full-time students will normally undertake three modules in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over one 12 -18 month period, as required for the award of Master of Science. A core component of learning is obtained through reflection on practice and through a critical pedagogy stance.

Part-time students will normally undertake one module in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over a period of 24 – 30 months, as required for the award of Master of Science. A core component of learning is obtained through reflection on practice learning.

A Postgraduate Certificate can be taken on successful completion of three modules, either as a discrete programme or as the first step towards a Diploma, which also consists of three modules. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, interested participants can undertake a capstone project or dissertation on a relevant topic.

Modules

Required for the award of PG Certificate in Community Education (CYCS) (CLD Approved Qualification):
Researching Communities (20 Credits) and Community Practice Learning (40 Credits)
Required for the award of PG Certificate in Critical Youth and Community Studies (Non-Qualifying Route):
Researching Communities (20 Credits) and two x (20 credit) Option Modules*1

In addition to the above, the following modules are required for the award of PG Diploma in Critical Youth and Community Studies:
Strategic Leadership (20 Credits) and two x (20 credit) Option Modules*1
In addition to the above, the award of MSc in Critical Youth and Community Studies will be conferred on successful completion of:
One x (60 credit) Capstone Project or Dissertation


Placement/Work-based learning

There is a Practice Learning Component for students engaged in the PG Certificate Route seeking a CLDSC Approved qualification. Students who are not seeking to graduate with a CLD qualification do not need to undertake Practice Learning.

Further Study
Students who successfully complete their Degree can progress to PhD level study.

Key Information
Campus: Hamilton
Delivery: Delivered in English the MSc takes a blended approach to learning (mix of taught on-campus classes/tutorials, and use of virtual learning environment)

Advisement and Support: Students are assigned a faculty member (for the duration of programme) as an advisor for programme support and career advisement (Personal and Professional Planning).
Professional Recognition:
This PG Certificate Level of the MSC in CYCS is recognised as a qualifying programme, approved by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland and is recognised as a lead practitioner qualification.

Career Prospects
This Masters open doors to a range of career prospects in communities across the world.
Youth Work
Community Work
Voluntary and Statutory Sector Interface or Intermediary Organisations
Community Activism
Social Enterprise
Teaching Artists
School-Community work
Creative Industries

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
Successful applicants will be required to join the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. Please refer to http://www.scotland.gov.uk

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