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

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.

Duration

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

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • 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.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

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 visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

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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.

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.

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

  • 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.

If you are applying via UCAS, please note that 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.

Professional qualifications and Brexit

The UK's departure from the European Union may affect the professional recognition of your qualification.

How you will learn

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.

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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.

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.

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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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.

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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.

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).

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You will attend two work placements: 70 days in your first year and 100 days in your second year. These will be in contrasting settings and with groups of people with differing needs.

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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