MA Social Work

Department of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

You aim to understand the human world, where you fit into it and how you can help other people. As one of the UK’s top ten research departments in our field, we can help you to achieve your goals.

My best experience has been completing my dissertation. As a dual honours student at undergraduate level, I didn’t write one so it’s been fantastic to really focus on an area that I’m particularly interested in and complete my own research project under the guidance of a leading researcher in the field.

Laura Towers, MA Sociology

About the course

Course description 2017

This degree makes you eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a qualified social worker in the UK. The academic side of the course is rigorous and challenging. You’ll develop a clear understanding of the theory. Through work placements, you’ll become a confident, skilled practitioner.

Sally Deakin, MA Social WorkCourse content

Taught modules can include:

  • Readiness for Practice Placement
  • Law and Policy for Social Work
  • Social Work Practice – Context
  • Value and Skills
  • Human Growth and Development Through the Life Course for Social Workers
  • Safeguarding in Social Work Practice
  • Skills for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Professional Development

You’ll go on two placements with local agencies, each one lasting 100 days.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, small-group work, individual and group projects, supervised dissertation. You will be assessed on essays, group project work, peer assessment, group and individual presentations, examination and dissertation.

Course duration

2 years full-time


Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in sociology, social policy, development studies, international relations, political science or a related subject.

If you don't have a degree in this area but you have relevant work experience, get in touch with us to discuss.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: socstudies.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6402

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.