Postgraduate - taught prospectus

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.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • When you complete this course, you become eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and subsequently with Social Work England (SWE) when the regulator changes in late 2019.
  • 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.


Psychology, Social Work & Counselling



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

Professional recognition

Health and Care Professions Council logoBritish Association of Social Workers logo

Social workers are part of solutions 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.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Currently, successful completion of this course leads to eligibility to register with the HCPC. Once the regulator changes in 2019, the course will be approved by the new regulator, Social Work England (SWE). Therefore, successful graduates from this course will register with SWE.


We have strong partnerships with local employers to ensure high quality practice placements and potential job opportunities. 

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 continued professional development 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' and a 'Partnership Event'.


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 our prestigious Maritime Greenwich campus, the MA Social Work degree has world-renowned attractions right on its doorstep from the Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

With the opening of our 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 will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

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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.

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs 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).

Additional information


Assessment methods will include:

  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Presentations
  • Observation reports
  • Portfolios
  • Practice documentation.


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

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