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Course summary

This Master’s degree is both an academic qualification and a professional qualification. As it is approved by Social Work England you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of the course. Why study MA Social Work at BU?

  • This course is ranked 1st in its subject area for the second year running according to the 2021 and 2022 Guardian League tables
  • This practical degree blends a powerful combination of academic study with essential practical experience
  • Statutory placements throughout the course mean you will gain lots of relevant experience operating in real-world settings and will develop strong working relationships with those already in the profession
  • Thanks to our close ties with neighbouring local authority social services departments and local voluntary sector agencies you can network with employers and potential future colleagues
  • You’ll leave us equipped with the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with issues in areas including child protection, fostering and adoption, adult safeguarding, mental health, substance use, hospital discharge and disability
  • Newly built skills facilities include various simulated community home settings, allowing you to learn and practice before going on placement.

Modules

Stage 1: Law and Social Policy; Applying Social Work Models and Methods; Developing Professional Relationships in Social Work (Readiness for Direct Practice); Psychosocial Perspectives of the Life Course; Professional Practice with Children and their Families; MA First Substantive Placement. Stage 2: MA Final Substantive Placement plus 40 credits of option units - Working for Service Improvement; Critical Literature Review; Dissertation.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject. Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have strong relevant work experience. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. Please note that all successfully shortlisted applicants are invited to interview. This will demonstrate whether you show the necessary insight into social work, as well as the motivation and commitment to become a social worker.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8000 Year 1
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £1,850. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details.
Social Work at Bournemouth University - UCAS