Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Social Work (Taught)

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Course summary

Overview At the heart of social work is the promotion of human rights and social justice, and the protection of individuals and their families. It aims to bring about change through working in partnership with individuals, families and communities often at the point of distress and vulnerability. Our MA Social Work course is approved by Social Work England. This means, when you graduate, you can apply for professional registration to practice as a registered social worker. This two-year, full-time masters degree is designed for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to become registered social work practitioners. We'll make sure that you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the professional standards by the time you complete your course. As a registered social worker, you’ll work within health and social care teams, including statutory, independent and voluntary services. You’ll work in partnership with a range of professionals across many services and disciplines, including health, the police and housing. You’ll often be in situations that are complex and challenging but you’ll be working towards bringing about positive changes for individuals, families and communities. It can be difficult to appreciate the difference social workers make until you’ve experienced professional practice – and that’s why you’ll complete work-based placements in both years of this course. Features and benefits

  • Professional programme - You’ll complete a professional training programme while studying for a masters degree.
  • Time on placement - You’ll undertake a total of 170 days in professional practice in order to appreciate and experience the complexity of the social work role and see the difference social workers make in people’s lives.
  • Qualify as a social worker - When you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need to practice as a newly qualified social worker across all ages and service user groups.
  • Approved course - Our course is approved by Social Work England, when you graduate, you can apply for professional registration.
  • Skills development - 30 days skills development embedded in the programme.

Course details

Assessment method

Written assignments, presentations, one seen examination and practice experience. Dissertation for the Masters award.


Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at upper second class (2:1) or above. Applicants with a lower second class will be considered on an individual basis depending on their experience. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 in English & Mathematics and Key Skills) may be considered. Demonstration of a genuine commitment to social work and social justice is essential. Relevant experience and employment is highly desirable as is previous study in a social science or related areas.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

For further information: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Social Work at Manchester Metropolitan University - UCAS