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Social Work, MA

Meet the challenges and difficulties of modern social work with practical solutions and advice by studying a Master's in Social Work.

This course is now closed for entry in September 2021.

Our master's in Social Work will help you to develop the skills and resilience to meet challenging roles. You will learn how to advise and support people at times of difficulty and deal with a wide range of problems. We offer a variety of inspiring and motivating learning activities led by academics, expert practitioners and service users. This involves the opportunity to learn with students from other health and social care disciplines.

By the end of the course, you will have developed your skills in line with Knowledge and Skills Statements for either adults or children and families social work. You will also have a vision towards the Assessed and Supported Year in Practice.

The MA Social Work at the University of Greenwich was approved in December 2020 in accordance with Social Work England Qualifying Education and Training Standards 2019.

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 2 years full-time
  • 3 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • When you complete this course you become eligible to register with Social Work England (SWE).
  • You can study full-time or part-time. Our part-time route is employment-based, and students must be sponsored by their employer.
  • We offer opportunities for continued professional development through the accreditation of Practice Educators and through workshops on the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and advancing practice learning for Practice Educators.
  • Located at the University's iconic Greenwich Campus.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our MA in Social Work. We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. All our team are qualified social workers.

Our teaching staff are research active in the field of social work. You will receive their academic support throughout the programme and 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 (CPD).

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification
  • GCSE English and mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • 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.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

Candidates will be required to:

  • Attend an interview at a Selection Day. We are able to conduct Skype interviews for international students.
  • Take an online test.
  • Obtain a reference from their manager or volunteer coordinator
  • 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 (though there is now a cap on the number of bursaries) or be able to fund themselves or get funding from their employer.

Please note: if you are applying via UCAS, they will only accept references from a professional email address.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.

Teaching

We utilise innovative teaching and assessment techniques designed to get the best out of you, such as blended learning, group work, presentations, role play and online study tools, providing you with a valuable student experience.

You will learn online using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This allows you to study flexibly, so you can arrange your studies around your other commitments. It also requires a lot of discipline and you will need to dedicate enough time to self-study.

Class sizes

The typical student enrolment numbers are around 38.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including law and debating.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), placement attendance, independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

Assessment methods will include essays, exam (law), case studies, presentations, observation reports, portfolios, and practice documentation. Assessment may be related to the work you have completed on placement.

Feedback summary

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees information International fees

Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

Accommodation pages

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Duration: this programme is two years in length. The total fee is currently £10,000 (Home) and £14,500 (International).

Further costs you may experience may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs
  • Field trips: you may need to contribute towards any trips required for your course (estimate, £300).

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You attend two work placements: 70 days in year one and 100 days in year two. These are in contrasting settings and with groups of people with differing needs. We work with agencies across the public, private and voluntary sectors, training you on statutory tasks in practice. Some placement services include domestic abuse, drug and alcohol services, child protection, schools, adoption and fostering, mental health settings and the NHS. Partnerships are reviewed annually and may change.

How long is my placement?

The placements last for 70 days in the first year and 100 days in the second year.

What are the financial arrangements?

These placements are not paid. They are a learning opportunity where you will be under the guidance of a Practice Educator.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Social Work graduates can work with and support families and individuals who have challenging and complex needs, in a range of settings.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre. Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

The University's student centre offers support to help you in your studies, but also to help maintain your wellbeing. You can also join societies such as the Social Work Society.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

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If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.