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MA Social Work

This Master’s degree is both an academic qualification and a professional qualification. As it is approved by Social Work England you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of the course.

  • UCAS Code:
    L501
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Please note: This course is now full for September 2021 entry. Discover our other Health & Social Care vacancies.

Why study MA Social Work at BU?

  • This course is ranked 1st in its subject area for the second year running according to the 2021 and 2022 Guardian League tables
  • This practical degree blends a powerful combination of academic study with essential practical experience
  • Statutory placements throughout the course mean you will gain lots of relevant experience operating in real-world settings and will develop strong working relationships with those already in the profession
  • Thanks to our close ties with neighbouring local authority social services departments and local voluntary sector agencies you can network with employers and potential future colleagues
  • You’ll leave us equipped with the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with issues in areas including child protection, fostering and adoption, adult safeguarding, mental health, substance use, hospital discharge and disability
  • Newly built skills facilities include various simulated community home settings, allowing you to learn and practice before going on placement.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course approval

This course is approved by Social Work England, which means you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of the course. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

2 years

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject. Applicants with a 2:2 may be considered if they have strong relevant work experience. 

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

You'll complete core units about the social and behavioural science disciplinary base which are central to understanding people and societies in context. You'll then move on to explore specific areas that deal in-depth with childcare and safeguarding, working with adults made vulnerable by a range of factors. This will prepare you for contemporary social work practice. Ethics and values are central to this preparation and you'll study a unit addressing the dilemmas and tensions of working in complex, uncertain situations.

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed in practice and through coursework culminating in your final year 100 day placement. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the course programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 783kb)

Placements

Thanks to our close ties with local employers, which include Social Services departments in our neighbouring local authorities and many of the varied local voluntary sector agencies, you will have the opportunity to undertake two substantive placements during your course where you will develop strong working relationships with those already in the profession. You will gain meaningful, hands-on experience during your placements, in a variety of different real-world social work settings and develop a broad range of practical skills.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Your application

Please note: this course is now full for September 2021 entry. You may still apply, but your application will be held on a waiting list (either prior to or following an interview). If your application is on a waiting list, we will inform you if a space becomes available by the end of June. 

For Social Work, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an awareness of the role of a Social Worker within society
  • Have a non-judgemental attitude, an appreciation of diversity and self-awareness, flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Can demonstrate relevant skills such as listening, negotiating and advocacy
  • Have life experiences which may have influenced the applicant to think about a career in social work.

Please note that when applying for this course via UCAS, you will need to search for it in the undergraduate category.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for embarking on a career as a social worker in a variety of posts in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors, in the UK and abroad.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the Social Work Bursary, funding your studies and paying your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Pennie Pinder

All the academics have been very supportive throughout my course and provide detailed feedback on assignments so that you can always improve.

Hear from our staff

Richard Williams

Social Work is not a discipline for the faint-hearted and our students develop personally and professionally; they embrace the learning opportunities and the challenges these opportunities provide and the outcome is high quality practitioners.

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