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University of Lincoln, Full Time Masters Degrees in Social Work

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This advanced programme aims to support social workers in their professional development and upon completion provides a Master’s-level qualification, as recommended by the Social Work Reform Board. Read more
This advanced programme aims to support social workers in their professional development and upon completion provides a Master’s-level qualification, as recommended by the Social Work Reform Board.

The flexibility of this programme is designed to allows you to move from one area of specialism to another, to support your personal and professional development needs.

You can work alongside our experienced team of academics who aim to provide structure and conceptual frameworks to guide your learning. The content of this programme is informed by national health and social care debate to ensure it is up-to-date with the latest sector developments and issues.

The collaborative culture in the School facilitates group work to examine live case material and undertake research in areas that are relevant to your own practice.

How You Study

Teaching and learning on this programme involves a mixture of classroom based activities (including some input from service users and carers). These include class discussions, small group work on relevant case related issues, extensive reading and practice based activities.

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least three - four hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Professional Development Centre:

How You Are Assessed

The assessment methods on this programme will vary depending on the module. Methods include a multiple choice examination, written portfolios and assignments.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Placements

The Best Interests Assessor, Practice Education 1 and Practice Education 2 modules all require students to complete a placement. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while completing a placement.

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Our MSc Social Work aims to provide high-quality Social Work education with an international perspective. It aims to develop reflective and competent social work practitioners who can practise safely, effectively and confidently in complex environments. Read more
Our MSc Social Work aims to provide high-quality Social Work education with an international perspective. It aims to develop reflective and competent social work practitioners who can practise safely, effectively and confidently in complex environments. The School of Health and Social Care has been validated by The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) to deliver the MSc Social Work as a postgraduate professional award in Social Care.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake two supervised and assessed practice placements in social work or social care settings during their studies. These placements are designed to provide students with the chance to develop their professional knowledge, theories, values and practical skills. Please see the Features tab for more details on the potential costs associated with completing these placements.

This programme benefits from strong international links and may provide opportunities for international focused teaching and study.

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Researchers and Academics in the School of Health and Social Care have extensive practical experience and professional links across the health and social care sectors. Read more
Researchers and Academics in the School of Health and Social Care have extensive practical experience and professional links across the health and social care sectors. The School maintains close industry links to ensure that teaching is informed by the latest developments in practice and policy.

This specialist programme is informed by our longstanding partnerships with professionals, research organisations, the Social Care sector, the National Health Service and through the research projects within the School’s research centre and research groups.

As a researcher in the School, you have the opportunity to take part in a structured programme of training designed to develop the research and critical-thinking skills that can benefit you in your future career. You will be supported by an interdisciplinary team of supervisors made up of experienced academics and practitioners from across the College of Social Science.

For those interested in completing a PhD by Publication, please note the following regulations: http://bit.ly/2jXk2Og

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Examples of recent research projects include:
-Prevalence of mental health disorder in a probation population.
-Self-management in people living with and beyond cancer in a rural and urban setting.
-An evaluation of performance improvements in a rural accident and emergency department.
-Transfer of learning from classroom to practice.
-Improving pain management in pre-hospital care.
-Supporting asylum seekers through effective social work practice. A case study in Sao Paulo.

How You Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research, supported by additional research training opportunities. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

The programme is supported by an interdisciplinary team of experienced research supervisors across the College of Social Science. The School of Health and Social Care has long standing partnership links to industry, research organisations and the NHS.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

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