2021 start September 

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

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.

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.

What our students say

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"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.


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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


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.

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Fees and funding

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

NHS bursaries are available for this course.

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Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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