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MA in Social Work

Course Description

This course is practice based while being informed by the very latest research in the social work field. You benefit from a range of stimulating learning opportunities led by both academic faculty and expert practitioners.

Working within a supportive study environment, you develop crucial skills for independent and collaborative learning. You complete 200 practice development days, drawing on our excellent partnerships with local service users, carers and social work, social care and health agencies. Specialist placement and learning pathways give you experience of both children’s and adults’ social work.

The MA in Social Work is designed to enable graduates to register as social workers with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). The course has been validated by the HCPC (the regulator for social work).

Assessing suitability for professional study
You must disclose information about any criminal convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands prior to interview in accordance with Health and Care Professions Council guidance. Enhanced checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and a satisfactory health check are also required prior to commencement of studies.

Practice development
170 days in two social work placements – the first for 70 days and the second for 100 days. The second social work placement prepares you to undertake statutory interventions. You are supported by a practice educator and a University tutor.
30 days of Practice Development Workshops delivered by experienced practitioners and University tutors.s and University tutors.


Assessment methods include essays, an examination, oral and visual presentations, a viva voce, placement reports, case studies and a 12,000-word dissertation. All elements of the MA in Social Work assessment are mandatory and you must pass them all. It is not possible to miss an aspect of course assessment on the grounds of illness and be awarded the MA in Social Work on the basis of marks for the remaining aspects of assessment.

Associated awards

The course may lead to any one of four awards:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Care with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the placements and dissertation
- MA in Applied Social Care with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the placements
Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the dissertation
- MA in Social Work with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course.
- Only successful completion of the MA Social Work or Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work entitles you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a social worker.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Teaching on this course is distinctive in that it links theory and practice by combining group learning methods with personalised support.

Year 1: Human Development and Social Relationships • Law and Social Policy • Research Methods and Dissertation • Social Adversity, Risk and Resilience • Theory, Methods and Values in Practice.

Year 2: Organisations and Interprofessional Practice • Theory, Methods and Values in Practice in Children’s/Adult Social Work.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the MA in Social Work page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

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Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]]
50% off International Student tuition fee[[Timetable]]
By 1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 19 June: Notification to first choice and short-listed candidates
After 3 July: Notification to successful short-listed candidates if first choice candidates do not take up the scholarship[[Further information]]
Successful applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee


In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website.Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.

When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:

Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Chichester 1, Ci003
East Sussex

Fax Number: +441273873344

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree; six to nine months of relevant practice experience; GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. Overseas entry requirements: View Website

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