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University of Sussex, Full Time Masters Degrees in Social Work

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Benefit from a range of stimulating learning opportunities led by academic faculty, experienced practitioners and experts by experience (service users and carers). Read more
Benefit from a range of stimulating learning opportunities led by academic faculty, experienced practitioners and experts by experience (service users and carers).

Working within a supportive study environment, you develop crucial skills for independent and collaborative learning.

How will I study?

Assessment methods include essays, an examination, oral and visual presentations, a viva voce, placement reports, case studies and a 12,000-word dissertation.

All elements of the Social Work MA assessment are mandatory and you must pass them all. It is not possible to miss an aspect of course assessment on the grounds of illness and be awarded the Social Work MA on the basis of marks for the remaining aspects of assessment.

Work placement

You complete 200 practice development days, drawing on our excellent partnerships with local service users, carers and social work, social care and health agencies:
-170 days in two social work placements – the first for 70 days (in the voluntary or private sector) and the second for 100 days (preparing you to undertake statutory interventions). You are supported by a practice educator and a University tutor
-30 days of Practice Development Workshops delivered by experienced practitioners, academic faculty and experts by experience (service users and carers).

These specialist placement and learning pathways give you experience of both children’s and adults’ social work.

Other awards associated with the Social Work MA

The course may lead to any one of four awards:
-Applied Social Care PGDip, with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the placements and dissertation
-Applied Social Care MA, with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the placements
-Social Work PGDip, with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the dissertation
-Social Work MA, with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course

Only successful completion of the Social Work MA or PGDip entitles you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a social worker.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)
-£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to work in the field of professional social work and are highly sought after by employers, working with children and families and in adult social care.

Many pursue learning through continuing professional development courses and progress to take leadership roles in the profession.

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Social media, citizen journalism, activist media, participatory media and specialised broadcast media are successfully used to inform and engage audiences outside established channels of communication for issues such as. Read more
Social media, citizen journalism, activist media, participatory media and specialised broadcast media are successfully used to inform and engage audiences outside established channels of communication for issues such as:
-Social inequality
-Human rights
-Gender issues
-Environmental change

This course combines a critical analysis of development, democratisation processes and social change with the acquisition of creative and technical media production skills.

You focus on media as a tool for social and political change in the context of (international) development and social change. There is a strong emphasis on the role of civil society in effecting social change in this MA.

How will I study?

You’ll learn in small groups with fellow students from around the world. You’ll acquire a range of practical media skills and can specialise in photography, film or multimedia.

You can also focus on topic-based fields such as poverty, environmental change, media regulation or migration.

Assessment consists of:
-A variety of practical media projects
-Critical reflection reports
-Presentations
-Essays
-The final project (work placement, independent media project or written dissertation)

Placement

Your final project can be an independent media project shot anywhere in the world, a written dissertation or a work placement. Work placements take the form of an eight-week work experience in a charity, NGO or media company. Previously, placements have been at institutions such as Oxfam, Unicef and the United Nations.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Faculty

You will be taught by faculty from the School of Media, Film and Music and also by faculty from the School of Global Studies.

Careers

Civil society institutions, social movements and international development agencies increasingly require skilled and creative people to apply digital media technologies in enhancing their capacity to communicate, interact and influence within and across borders.

This MA has been developed specifically for those seeking employment in:
-Global or national media industries
-NGOs and the international voluntary sector
-International development institutions
-Independent media production companies

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We scrutinise the differing political and ethical claims on childhood and youth that inform contemporary policy and practice. You’ll be exposed to new and original ways of thinking about children and young people. Read more
We scrutinise the differing political and ethical claims on childhood and youth that inform contemporary policy and practice.

You’ll be exposed to new and original ways of thinking about children and young people. You’ll be able to:
-Communicate effectively with child- and youth-focused professionals
-Carry out empirical research with children and young people
-Transfer your analytical, writing and other skills to the workplace

How will I study?

You study core modules and options. You also undertake a research methods module and a research dissertation or work-based project.

You are assessed through essays and case studies of 1,500–3,000 words, and group presentations. As part of the dissertation component of the course, you produce a dissertation proposal and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Work placement

We have strong links with a number of local organisations through which we offer work placements as part of this course. Many of our graduates find employment in non-profit organisations, schools, and social-research settings.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)
-£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth Studies

The School is among the leading academic units in the UK for the quality of its research and hosts the ground-breaking Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY). The Centre brings together academic expertise from across the University and also benefits from having an international advisory group including policy and professional experts.

We warmly encourage student participation in all CIRCY activities including the regular seminars and workshops we host in collaboration with our external partners.

Recently commissioned research projects include:
-An international study into children’s participation
-Safeguarding children’s internet use in the digital age
-Child protection in secondary schools
-The development of a ‘sex positive’ health-service delivery for young people

Careers

You may already have a professional qualification in social work, teaching, youth work, early years or related fields and wish to specialise further in the field of childhood and youth studies.

Our MA is ideal for advanced practitioners, leaders and managers, project development and policy officers, and others working with children and young people in local, national and international agencies in the statutory and non-governmental sectors.

Whatever your level, this MA provides an excellent step into doctoral-level study in any academic discipline or profession concerned with childhood and youth.

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Ageing, cultural and collective sources of wellbeing, children, migration, spirituality, place, health and mental health in relation to wellbeing – you have the opportunity to explore diverse topics on this course. Read more
Ageing, cultural and collective sources of wellbeing, children, migration, spirituality, place, health and mental health in relation to wellbeing – you have the opportunity to explore diverse topics on this course.

This MRes provides a strong grounding in theory and methodology, drawing on disciplines such as social work, psychology, economics, anthropology, medicine and sociology.

You’ll learn from leading scholars working in a range of innovative and interdisciplinary projects. This means you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to projects that are shaping policy and practice.

How will I study?

You learn through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision. You also have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork as part of your dissertation.

Assessment methods include essays, a concept note and a research portfolio. You also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)
-£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

You’ll be equipped to work in a variety of ways in the growing and dynamic field of wellbeing. This will include playing leading roles in a diverse range of health and social care organisations where the ‘wellbeing agenda’ is key.

The course will also open prospects for research careers in the increasingly wide range of research projects on wellbeing in the UK and internationally.

You’ll specialise in your chosen aspects of wellbeing, for example:
-Services for ageing populations
-Children
-Migrants
-Those with health and mental health problems

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