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Social Work (MA)

Course Description

Our Masters in Social Work provides you with the skills and training to be a reflective practitioner who works in ways that are anti-oppressive and achieve the qualification required to register as a social worker in England.


The educational purpose of the MA in Social Work is to provide an environment in which students can reach their potential in the development of academic ability, professional knowledge and competence to practice. We aim to equip students with the knowledge, skills, values, critical ability as well as general transferable skills to make a high quality contribution to social care and welfare agencies in the UK and beyond.

The programme provides:

*The opportunity to explore the policy and legal frameworks that inform practice; the theories and models that underpin the work; the research skills that inform a research minded practitioner; and the practice skills to carry through the task.
*Training that aims to produce a high standard of dissertation work that includes work on research methodology, research ethics, literature reviews and library searches.

The two year MA in Social Work comprises two placements in different settings and a range of compulsory modules covering topics such as: social policy, law, theories and models for practice, reflective practice, social work research, communication skills, and a 16,000 word dissertation.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is for people who are willing to step up to the challenge and respond creatively to the pressures of current practice in social work. You may be seeking ways to address injustice and discrimination. You may wish to learn more about the legality and procedures that inform practice. You may be committed to learning more about research methodology in order to place quality research findings at the heart of your practice.
*Graduates from a range of disciplines who are committed to a career in social work.
*Enthusiastic people who want to learn skills and knowledge that will enable them to work in partnership with a broad range of services users and with professionals from a range of agencies.
*Resilient graduates who will be willing to rise to the challenges of current social work in the UK and be a force for change.

Themes and content

As never before, social workers need to be informed, knowledgeable and exercise good judgement. At the end of the two year programme we aim to have equipped you with the skills and knowledge required of a newly qualified worker at beginning practice level. Specifically therefore we have ensured that the underpinning themes and module content link closely to the Professional Capabilities Framework and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency.
More about the course structure and content: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/ma-social-work/#tab-2

Information about module can be found her: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/postgraduate-modules/social-policy-ma-mres/

Our calibre

In the latest national research evaluation exercise (REF 2014) our overall research performance was ranked third in the UK, with 54% of research activity rated as world leading. We were also ranked joint first in the UK for research impact.

The QS World University Rankings included a separate subject league table for Social Policy & Administration for the first time this year and our department was ranked 25th in the world.

The QS World University Rankings also ranked us 4th in the UK for social policy.

Talk to us

Our Virtual Open Days are the ideal way to find out more about postgraduate study at York. At the live event you can chat online with academic staff and current York postgraduate students as well as watch talks on finance and student life. Go to https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/open-days/virtual-open-day/ to find out more. In the meantime please contact us with any questions and we will respond within two working days.

Visit the Social Work (MA) page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or above and minimum 1 year's relevant work experience required. Applications through UCAS.

Course Fees

Home/EU: £5,740 - International: £16,290 (year 1 fee)

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