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.

If you share our fundamental ideals of aiming to understand the human world and help other people, we can help you achieve your goals.

Our research brings sociologists, policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists together. We also work with NGOs and other organisations to make sure our graduates have the skills they need to make a difference in frontline services, research and policy.

We're one of the UK's top ten research centres for social work and social policy.

About the course

This degree makes you eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a qualified social worker in the UK.

The University is one of only four early-adopter Teaching Partnerships nationally. We're working in collaboration with the four local authorities in south Yorkshire to lead the way for social work education.

This means that you'll benefit from a social work curriculum enhanced by increased collaboration with placement providers and employment agencies. You can also be assured of guaranteed statutory placements over the two-years of your course.

The academic side of the course is rigorous and challenging. You'll develop a clear understanding of the theory.

Course content

The taught modules are:

  • Social Work Practice – Contexts, Values and Skills
  • Human Growth and Development through the Life Course for Social Workers
  • Law and Social Policy for Social Work
  • Practice Placement 1
  • Practice Placement 2
  • Skills for Social Work Practice

You'll go on two placements with local agencies (local authority, private, voluntary or independent sector service providers). One placement is for 70 days, the other for 100 days.


  • Lectures
  • Small-group work
  • Individual projects
  • Group projects
  • Supervised dissertation


  • Assessed essays
  • Group project work
  • Peer assessment
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Exam
  • Dissertation

Apply now

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Sally Deakin, MA Social Work

Key facts

Course duration

2 years full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree. We can accept a 2:2 if you have a lot of relevant work experience, which can include voluntary work.

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

Fees and funding

Studentships: NHS bursaries may be available for this course. For details, visit:
NHS Business Services Authority

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Most of our graduates are social workers in local authorities or with voluntary organisations.

How we teach

Our teaching is rigorous and research-led. We encourage you to think critically, to learn research techniques and develop transferable skills. We also help you to develop the personal attributes that will make you highly employable. The department is a friendly place, where staff and postgraduates work together as colleagues.

Our interdisciplinary approach brings together sociologists, social policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists. Our empirical research is internationally recognised. We make significant contributions to policy debates.

Apply now

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Any questions?

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

T: +44 (0)114 222 6402