2019 start

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.
Sociology MA Digital Media and Society student

Course description

This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC) meaning you will be eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a qualified social worker in the UK upon graduation.

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.

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.

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Core modules

Year 1

  • Readiness for Practice Placement 1
  • Law and Policy for Social Work
  • Social Work Practice - Context, Values and Skills
  • Human Growth and Development through the Life Course for Social Workers

Year 2

  • Safeguarding in Social Work Practice
  • Skills for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Professional Development
  • Dissertation

You’ll also go on a 100-day work placement in each year with local agencies.


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

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.

Alongside the academic criteria there is also a requirement that applicants have some suitable experience. An ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and email, is essential.

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

NHS bursaries may be available for this course

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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