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Course summary

Overview This two-year Master’s degree in Social Work will equip you with the skills and experience you need to become a professional social worker and make a real difference in the lives of children and families, mental health patients, people with disabilities or vulnerable adults. The course combines theory and practice – you’ll learn about the latest legislation, planning and policy, and put it all into practice in professional settings, with real people. You’ll undertake two separate work placements – one in your first year and one in your second year, most likely with local NHS social service providers. The NHS bursary for postgraduate social work students can help with the cost of your fees, your living costs, and includes a contribution towards your placement travel expenses. When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a social worker with the professional regulatory body, Social Work England. What you'll experience

  • Our staff are current and recent social work professionals
  • Take part in skills days – full-day workshops with professional social workers to help prepare you for your placements
  • Practise your skills in our Simulation Centre which features a realistic flat, bedroom and hospital ward where you'll prepare for home visits and care-giving in hospital and care home settings
  • Work closely with our Social Work Inclusion Group – local social services users from a variety of backgrounds that help our students understand the needs of different individuals and communities
  • Develop your critical and analytical skills with a dissertation project on a subject in your own area of interest
  • Undertake two placements in professional practice settings which could be schools, supported living facilites, hospitals or health centres
Careers and opportunities When you graduate from the MSc Social Work degree course, you'll have the knowledge and practical skills to work in any branch of social work. What jobs can you do with a Social Work degree? Career opportunities include:
  • social worker
  • practice teacher
  • care manager
  • persistent offender coordinator
  • family support worker
  • housing adviser
  • homelessness/substance abuse charities
  • PhD study
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Modules

Year 1 core modules in this year include:

  • Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work
  • Social Work Theory and Evidence
  • Empowerment and Discrimination: Skills for Practice
  • MSc Social Work Practice Placement 1
Year 2 core modules include:
  • Dissertation
  • Transition to Employment
  • Safeguarding Analysis and Professional Decision Making
  • MSc Social Work Practice Placement 2
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Assessment method

All shortlisted applicants are subject to a holistic and multidimensional assessment process which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards, and includes an application, group discussion, individual presentation and an interview. International applicants must provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified English translation if necessary), before admission to the programme can be confirmed. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.


Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or a degree in an associated discipline (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). Applicants with a lower classification (second class) will be considered on an individual basis, considering relevant experience and academic achievement. Applicants must also have relevant work experience, more than 3 months in voluntary or paid employment in a health, education or social care environment. Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Successfully shortlisted applicants will be invited to a staged, holistic and multidimensional selection day which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards. The assessment day will commence with all shortlisted applicants completing a written task, which is assessed as a pass or fail. In accordance with Social Work England standards, the written element will assess applicants’ command of English, ability to analyse and present written information, motivation to become a social worker, knowledge of the social work profession and relevant policies and legislation and ICT skills. Applicants who pass the written assessment will be invited to attend an individual interview on the same day. International applicants must provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified English translation if necessary), before admission to the programme can be confirmed. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
PTE Academic68An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)100100 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £11400 Year 1
England £11400 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11400 Year 1
Scotland £11400 Year 1
Wales £11400 Year 1
Channel Islands £11400 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £11400 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

If you are resident in an EU country, the net tuition fee is inclusive of the EU Scholarship. For further fee information please see the corresponding University of Portsmouth course page or visit https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding For mandatory placements, you will need to meet your own travel costs, which will vary depending on the distance travelled and mode of transport. The NHS may meet some of the costs incurred. All fees are subject to change and an annual increase may be applied each academic year.
Social Work at University of Portsmouth - UCAS