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MA International Social Work & Social Development

Course Description

Course Summary

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.

Choose International Social Work and Social Development MA at Bedfordshire and:

- 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.

Why choose this course?

This MA 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.

Career Management Skills

Enhancing your career prospects is a key focus in the design of this MA. Feedback from NGOs, specialists in humanitarian intervention and international social work academics has been incorporated in the development of the course to ensure you acquire key skills and knowledge.

The Practice Skills workshops are a distinctive feature of this MA which aims to equip students with the core skills needed to practice in various roles across the globe. The workshops will complement provision across the programme, by offering you the opportunity to consolidate your learning with practical, skills based activities. The MA also offers a range of student experiences and volunteering opportunities designed to provide insight into evidence-based, internationally disseminated programmes and community-based activities.

Career/Further study opportunities

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 are available in both the statutory and non-statutory sector, these include specialist roles in NGOs and various humanitarian organisations. Job titles for typical postgraduate occupations for Masters students include:

Social Worker, Child Protection worker, Community Worker, Animateur, Project Worker, Womens 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 - PhD or the Professional Doctorate for Home/EU Students

Visit the MA International Social Work & Social Development page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Either a professional social work qualification or a good Honours Degree in a relevant subject. For candidates without a degree, equivalent academic ability can be evidenced through work or voluntary activity International students should have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band.

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