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MA Social Work

Course Description

Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, this degree offers an academic and professional qualification that will enable you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register as a professional Social Worker.


Students of this degree will understand the theoretical foundations of social work, rooted in psychology and sociology. They will explore social policy and legal context, including statutory provisions regarding child care, mental health and adult care. There is also a consistent focus on working with individuals, families, groups, fellow social workers and other professionals.


Placement-based learning is central to this degree, with placements carried out with at least two different service user groups, with personal tutors actively encouraging your progress and a practice educator who will guide and assess your practice.


The course is taught by expert academics who promote a supportive, academically rigorous and stimulating learning environment. Develop your skills and expertise by engaging with real life case studies and scenarios. Students undertaking the MA Social Work degree benefit from close collaboration with research conducted by the Centre for Research on Children and Families - one of the University's Research Centres working at the forefront of policy debates in social policy.


On completion of this degree, you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to start work as a confident, competent social worker. You will be equipped with the skills and expertise that you will need to pursue a career as a successful practitioner within the caring professions. Many graduates go on to work in local authority services departments or continue into further academic research.

Visit the MA Social Work page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

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School of Social Work: Department of Health Postgraduate Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Students undertaking Social Work programmes may be eligible to receive a Department of Health Postgraduate Bursary administered by the NHS Business Services Authority. This Postgraduate Bursary is available to students ordinarily resident in England studying on an approved full-time postgraduate course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fees and possible stipend


Non-income-assessed basic grant, contribution towards expenses related to practice learning opportunities (placements), payment of tuition fees. It also may include an income-assessed maintenance grant.

Application Procedure

Students will be automatically considered for this award. Decisions about Bursary allocation will be made in May each year. It is anticipated that most, if not all students starting the course in 2016 will receive a bursary.

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School of Social Work, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of Social Work as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The School of Social Work, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships


A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Open to applicants with a good degree (min 2:1 or equivalent) in any subject. Professional experience of applicants is also taken into account where relevant. Applications are also encouraged from those wishing to return to academic study.

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