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Social Work (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

Social workers help people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems. To succeed, social workers must work not only with clients but their families and friends as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, National Health Service, and schools.

Social work is a regulated profession. The MSc Social Work degree leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC Register and practice as a social worker

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/social-work2

- Alternative course routes
In partnership with Department of Education and the West London Alliance we are running a third cohort of the Step Up to Social Work Programme starting in January 2014. The programme forms part of the on-going recruitment initiative to place the best social workers on the frontline.

Student bursaries

The NHS is likely to make some bursaries available for students on this course. For more details visit http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/swb

Why choose this course?

This programme incorporates the qualifying award for social work practice.Developed in collaboration with service providers including Hertfordshire County Council and Brent Social Services.The programme continues to have strong links with a number of voluntary agencies and organisations.


This course qualifies you to work in the wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies which employ social workers.

Teaching methods

Modules covered during your studies will include:
- Law
- Social Work Ethics
- European Social Work
- Values and Diversity
- Sociology
- Social Policy
- Interprofessional Working
- Human Growth and Development
- Mental Health and Children Law
- Preparation for Practice
- Social Work Theory and Practice

Work Placement

A distinct feature of the programme is an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills through reflective practice.

The analysis of practice undertaken on each placement enables you to develop competence in applying theory, methods and values to your practice. There are excellent student support strategies in place to help you with your progress in these areas.

Professional Accreditations

You are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a professional social worker.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/social-work2#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Social Work (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good relevant first degree normally a 2:1. A 2:2 or a postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree with a pass at an appropriate standard may also be considered. International students must hold an overall IELTS at level 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each band). All candidates are required to undertake a written test. Students achieving the required standard in the written test will then have an individual interview and group interview

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £7,700; International Students: Full time £12,500

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