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Social Work MA

Course content
You will be studying a range of social work theories and will learn the skills to apply these in different practice contexts. This will include psychosocial perspectives, sociology, psychology and human development. There will be a focus on relationship based practice as well as systemic theories. You will study relevant aspects of legislation and the application of these in practice. The curriculum is mapped against the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) Standards of Proficiency (SoPs)  and the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) for both children and adults.

What will you gain?
You will undertake extensive skills training as part of your readiness for direct practice learning. This will include skills such as use of self, communication, managing conflict and a range of interventions. These will be applied in practice and greatly enhanced and developed throughout your two placements.  In your final year you will undertake your dissertation, applying research skills and knowledge.


  • Social Work Theory and Readiness for Direct Practice (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Law and Advanced Social Work Practice (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Understanding the Life Course (15 credits) – Compulsory
  • Social Work Research (15 credits) – Compulsory
  • Practice Placements (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Dissertation (60 credits) – Compulsory