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.

The best thing about the course was undoubtedly the supervision I received from lecturers, supervisors and practice educators. I was able to ask any question I wanted, as many times as I wanted and felt very supported. Social work is intellectually and emotionally demanding, and I could not have survived the course if I hadn't been given the right teaching and support to manage the challenges

Rebecca Joy-Novell, MA Social Work graduate

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.

We're working in collaboration with the four local authorities in South Yorkshire to lead the way for social work education and are part of one of only four early-adopter national teaching partnerships. This means that you'll benefit from a social work curriculum that is enhanced by increased collaboration with placement providers and employment agencies.

You'll also be assured of guaranteed statutory placements over the two years of your course which will help you 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

Normally a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree is required to be selected for this course. In exceptional cases, applicants holding a 2:2 honours degree may be considered where there is evidence of extensive relevant work experience, which can include voluntary work.

Alongside the academic criteria there is also a requirement that you have some suitable experience that demonstrates your potential for social work. It must be sufficient in quantity to test your commitment (around a year's experience, paid or voluntary would be advantageous) and involve some of the skills required in social work. An ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and email, is also essential.

You must have GCSE Maths at grade C or above. We accept alternatives to this, including:

  • a minimum 12 credits Maths GCSE equivalent unit, providing these are approved University and Access Validating Agency units
  • Functional Skills (in maths)
  • Level 2 Adult Numeracy

Application of Number is not accepted in place of GCSE Maths.

It is essential that you show a commitment to social work values, and an understanding of what social work involves.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 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.