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Social Work, MA Postgraduate prospectus

  • We offer dedicated support to new students and those returning to study.
  • We have a 98% employment rate and strong connections with local employers for practice placements and potential job opportunities.
  • Our MA programme is validated and approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council.
  • Located across the Universities iconic Greenwich Maritime Campus

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2 years full time

3 years part time



Social Workers are solution people who can meet a challenge and function in crisis situations.

Our Master's degree will train you to be a resilient and resourceful social worker. You will learn how to advise and support people at times of difficulty and deal with a wide range of problems.

Our students benefit from a variety of inspiring and motivating learning activities that are led by academics, expert practitioners and service users. This involves opportunities for collaborative learning with students from other health and social care disciplines.

Successful completion of this approved programme leads to eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


We have strong partnerships with local employers to ensure high quality practice placements and potential job opportunities. This is demonstrated by the 98% of our students who are employed within six months of graduating.

Teaching and learning methods

We utilise innovative assessment techniques designed to get the best out of you, such as the use of drama, role play and online study tools, providing you with a valuable student experience.

Our programme incorporates vibrant activities that prepare you for professional social work practice and readiness to engage and work with service users and practitioners.

Highlights of our programme

By the end of your MA degree, you will have a vision towards the Assessed and Supported Year in Practice and will be thinking about continuing professional development (CPD) and contributing to research. You will also have developed relevant skills in line with Knowledge and Skills Statements for either Adults or Children and Families Social Work.

We offer opportunities for CPD through the accreditation of Practice Educators and provision of workshops on the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and advancing practice learning for Practice Educators.

Just some of the highlights of our programme include our 'Communication Skills Week', a 'Partnership Event' and a 'Participation in Inter-professional Education Conference' alongside other health professional programmes.


Our programme is informed by staff who are active researchers in the field of social work. You will be encouraged to publish your work in order to contribute to social work research and knowledge. This will form a basis for your continuing professional development.


Located at the University of Greenwich's prestigious Maritime campus, the MA Social Work programme has world renowned attractions right on its doorstep from The Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich campus, you will have access to state of the art learning, teaching and social spaces.

Part-time study

In addition to our full-time mode, we offer an opportunity to study on a part-time, flexible basis. This part-time route is employment-based and only available to students who are sponsored by their employer.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification
  • PLUS GCSE English and mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • PLUS a minimum of one year's full-time or part-time experience or equivalent in a social care or advocacy related activity, either paid or voluntary.

In addition candidates must:

  • Obtain a reference from their manager or volunteer coordinator
  • Provide a current valid passport and undergo a health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record disclosure.

Further information:

  • Students who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an IELTS score of 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language test.
  • Applicants should either be eligible to apply for an NHS Social Work bursary (but should note a cap on number of bursaries available to the programme now applies), be self funded or will be funded by their employer.

What people say

The highlight of my studies was a placement with a local authority, which I completed successfully despite not having had any previous experience in the field. This was possible thanks to the skills and knowledge I gained during the first part of the programme. 

Marco Angelino
Social Work, MA

The lecturers are all very knowledgeable and keen to share that knowledge with students. In my experience they have been very supportive, approachable and considerate. The skills we learn in the classroom are built upon further while out on placement where I have been able to work alongside some excellent practice educators who have taught me a great deal.

Rachelle Roberts
Social Work, MA

My first placement formed a crucial part of my learning. The staff were supportive throughout and I was given the opportunity to develop my skills gradually until I was able to carry out tasks independently. I believe that my studies have already prepared me enough for my career.

Oluwatoyin Bodunrin
Social Work, MA

I took up this degree because I was ready to embark on a professional journey as a social worker. The programme began with an intensive, learn-by-doing communications week where I participated with service users, carers and practice educators. I learnt a vast amount, gained confidence and addressed fears associated with meeting vulnerable service users and talking to them about their needs. 

My first placement formed a crucial part of my learning. The staff were supportive throughout and I was given the opportunity to develop my skills gradually until I was able to carry out tasks independently. I believe that my studies have prepared me enough for my career.

Toyin Bodunrin
Social Work, MA

Extra information


Assessment methods will include essays, case studies, presentations, observation reports, portfolios and practice documentation.

Professional recognition

Health and Care Professions Council logoBritish Association of Social Workers logo


Graduates will be prepared to work with and support families and individuals who have challenging and complex needs, in a range of settings.

Apply to study this programme via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service website

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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