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.

The best thing about the course was undoubtedly the supervision I received from lecturers, supervisors and practice educators. I was able to ask any question I wanted, as many times as I wanted and felt very supported. Social work is intellectually and emotionally demanding, and I could not have survived the course if I hadn't been given the right teaching and support to manage the challenges

Rebecca Joy-Novell, MA Social Work graduate

About the course

2018 start

Course description

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. 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.

Our teaching is research led. This means you learn about the latest developments in social work practice. You'll develop the knowledge and skills that employers look for.

Sally Deakin, MA Social WorkCourse content

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.

Course duration

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.

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

Apply now through UCAS

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

NHS bursaries may be available for this course.

Apply now

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.

Apply now through UCAS

Applications for this course are not available through the University of Sheffield or UCAS postgraduate application systems.

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
T: +44 (0)114 222 6402

Frequently asked questions about this course

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