MA Advanced Professional Practice

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.

My time at the University was great. Compared to other students I meet, I think we had excellent teaching and good coverage of the issues.

Lisa Mouncer, MA Social Work graduate

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

The MA Advanced Professional Practice (MAAPP) has been developed in consultation with local authorities as part of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership, to support social work professionals to continue to develop their knowledge and skills as professionally capable, reflective and analytical practitioners.

The course supports professional practice under four strands:

  • Leadership and management
  • Practice
  • Practice educator
  • Research

Each module developed for the programme has been mapped against the Government’s reform agenda for social work education, and is compliant with capabilities listed in the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for Social Workers.

Sociological Studies postgraduate studentCourse content

Topics covered include, amongst others:

  • Evidence informed practice
  • Out of home care
  • Interventions to promote change
  • Child development and communication with the child
  • Introduction to leadership and mentoring
  • Developing professional practice and safeguarding

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is conducted through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small-group work and problem-solving.

Course duration

3 years part-time


Entry requirements

For graduates, the requirement is that you must be in possession of a professional qualification from a recognised university. We also welcome non-graduates who possess a professional qualification and can provide evidence that they can study at postgraduate level.

The course is not just limited to practitioners working within the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership. Practitioners from all local authorities are welcome to apply.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

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

E: socstudies.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6402

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