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PgDip/MA Social Work

Course Description

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.

Features and Benefits

Our MA/PG Diploma 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 for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The MA/PG Diploma programme is approved by the HCPC and meets The College of Social Work's new Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers. 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.


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.

Visit the PgDip/MA Social Work page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at upper second class (2.1) or above but consideration will be given to students with a lower second class honours (2.2) degree (or international equivalent). You will also hold a GCSE or international equivalent in English language. Demonstration of a commitment to social work and social justice is essential. Relevant experience and employment is desirable. Study in a social science or related area is desirable but not essential.GCSE Mathematics and English Language at Grade C or above, or equivalent, are required.

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