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.
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.
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.
2 years full-time
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.
Fees and funding
Even though the MA in Social Work is a postgraduate course, you'll need to apply for it online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) undergraduate application system.
Applications for this course are not available through the University of Sheffield or UCAS postgraduate application systems.
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.