September 2020 start

Social Work

Department of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Develop your understanding of the theories surrounding social work, as well as their practical implications, to become a professionally competent, reflective and analytical social work practitioner.
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Course description

Our staff at the Department of Sociological Studies talk about the MA Social Work course, sharing their knowledge of the department, the course and modules on offer, employment opportunities and the application process.

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. 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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What our students say

In conversation with Cameron Baker

"I had two placements, one in the voluntary sector, one in the statutory sector, and both were crucial to my learning, really." Graduate Sally Deakin

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You'll need to apply through UCAS for this course. The application deadline on the UCAS page doesn't apply to this course. Please contact the Department of Sociological Studies if you have any questions.

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This degree makes you eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England as a qualified social worker.


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.

You must have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above. We accept alternatives to this, including: a minimum 12 credits for Mathematics or English GCSE equivalent unit, providing these are approved university and Access Validating Agency units. We also accept level 2 adult numeracy and literacy as valid substitutes, but not application of number.

Before joining the course, you will be expected to have basic IT skills, including being able to use the internet, word processing software and email.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

The fees below are per year. This is a two-year course.


You'll need to apply through UCAS for this course:

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