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MA in Social Work

Course Description

We’re renowned for delivering high-quality social work training. This accredited programme is ranked 11th in the UK for Social Work (Complete University Guide 2017). On completion, you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to register as a social worker.

The course maintains a strong emphasis on practice- and research-informed learning. It comprises 623 hours of structured academic teaching and learning, 30 days of professional skills development, and two practice learning placements of 70 and 100 days.

This programme is suitable for you whether you’re a recent graduate, gained your first degree some time ago and have been working in social care, or are ready for a career change. Our graduates are highly sought after and have moved into social work roles in a variety of statutory, voluntary and private organisations. 98% of graduates completing the destinations survey are in graduate level work or further study (DEHLE 2012-14)

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

(Student Profile)


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Having worked with children on a voluntary basis for 13 years in many roles, from a football coach to a child
welfare officer, I recognised that this was where my heart really lay and that now was the time to develop
my hobby into my new career.

The University of Warwick have truly opened the door for me to realise these dreams through the MA Social Work.
My study will provide me not only a valuable professional qualification needed to become a Social Worker, but
also essential knowledge, understanding, and guidance in all areas of Social Work practice. They provide practical
support and feedback in all modules and during the work placement, which makes up half of the degree

The programme also provides lectures and group discussions with working professionals and service users,
who are able to effectively communicate the reality of life working in all fields of Social Work. This has proved
invaluable in bringing the degree to life by demonstrating the links between learning and practice.

(Student Profile)


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After working as a freelance Stage Manager for fifteen years in theatre and the arts sector, I decided I wanted to consolidate life experience and re-train as a Social Worker. I completed my undergraduate degree: BSc - Health and Social Care Management at the University of Plymouth earlier this year. My work-based practical experience during this time was predominantly working with older people, homeless persons, ex-offenders, and individuals with drug/alcohol dependence issues. I also assisted to set-up a community café offering drop-in mental health support services. I hope in the future to work more closely in mental health, possibly in the UK or overseas as an NGO.

I am delighted to be here at The University of Warwick studying for a two year MA in Social Work. I thoroughly recommend the course, which is a mixture of theory and two practical work placements. The staff are extremely supportive, and the course material is engaging, participative, current, fun and lively, with a firm commitment to working in partnership with service users and those who access social work services. I am very much looking forward to getting stuck in to my work placement in the New Year!


MA Social Work Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Currently, the government offer bursaries to students completing social work qualifying programmes. We are currently awaiting the number of bursaries available for 2017. Please visit the NHS Bursary Services Authority website for further information.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2017/18 value to be confirmed


Bursaries are organised by the NHS Bursary Services Authority based on candidates individual circumstances. Please visit the NHS Bursary Services Authority website for further information.

Application Procedure

Please visit the NHS Bursary Services Authority website for further information.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to possess a 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) although a high 2:ii undergraduate degree may be considered. Maths and English at GCSE grade C level is also required. English Language - IELTS 7.0, Band B.

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