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Course summary

Why study this course? Our Social Work MSc course is professionally accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once you’ve successfully completed the course and become a registered social worker with the HCPC, you’ll also be eligible for membership of the British Association of Social Workers. Your career will benefit from our course with its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice. It covers a wide range of social work subjects, helping you to develop into a reflective and resilient practitioner who can work in a variety of settings. This may include working with children, families, older people or individuals with mental health problems or learning disabilities. London Met is the “preferred provider” of social work in 2017 for the North East London commissioning panel, which represents the Social Work Development Partnership of five local authorities. This demonstrates the excellence of teaching you can expect on our Social Work MSc. More about this course You’ll develop into a reflective and resilient social work professional with this professionally-accredited programme. The focus is on developing your practical skills for future use in the working environment. These skills are based upon up-to-date research, theories, policies and legislation. You’ll develop knowledge of subjects including:

  • application of the law
  • assessment and planning
  • human growth and development
  • research evaluation
  • safeguarding vulnerable adults and children
  • social work theory
Importantly, we'll ensure you’ll understand how to apply the academic knowledge, skills and theory to real-world social work. In the final year, you’ll write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This is achieved through your own independent study. You'll be free to combine research and evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives. What our students say “I come from an IT background. The teaching on social work theories, human growth and development and anti-oppressive practice has been excellent in helping me understand social work concepts”. Franck Omombo, final year student on our Social Work MSc


Year 1 modules include: Assessment Planning and Professional Ethics (core, 10 credits) Communication, Skills and Values in Social Work (core, 10 credits) Critical Aspects of Human Growth and Development (core, 10 credits) Practice Learning 1 (core, 20 credits) Professional Law for Social Work (core, 10 credits) Safeguarding Children and Adults (core, 10 credits) Social Contexts and Professional Perspectives in Social Work (core, 10 credits) Year 2 modules include: Evaluating Research (core, 10 credits) Practice Learning 2 (core, 20 credits) Protecting Children and Adults (core, 10 credits) Social Work Dissertation (core, 60 credits)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a variety of methods including essays, presentations, video and project work, examinations and work based practice assessment. A key aspect is acquisition of the necessary practice skills in a diverse range of practice settings relevant to social work. You'll undertake supervised practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days during the course. Your previous learning and experience may exempt you from some modules, but not any part of the 170 days assessed practice.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You will be required to have a second class honours degree (2.2) or above; GCSE English Language at grade C/grade 4 or Functional Skills English at Level 2 (or equivalent); employers references are needed to demonstrate a minimum of 12 weeks previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people normally within a social care or health context; an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child and Adult Workforce, which is registered with the DBS Update Service.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Social Work Admissions day. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an admissions day where they will be required to take a written test. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an individual interview and join an observed group activity.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8270 Year 1
EU £8270 Year 1
England £8270 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8270 Year 1
Scotland £8270 Year 1
Wales £8270 Year 1
Channel Islands £8270 Year 1
International £8270 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Social Work (Postgraduate Entry) at London Metropolitan University - UCAS