M.A. Social Work (PGDip)

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • GBP13460 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP4460 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
Oxford Brookes University | Oxford, United Kingdom
The Social Work (PGDip) MA from Oxford Brookes University is a two-year full-time course (maximum 5 years on a part-time basis) while the PGDip can typically be gained in 18 months.



We are offering two social work qualifications - an MA and a PGDip - for applicants who hold a relevant degree and experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people within the UK.

Graduates completing the Social Work (PGDip) MA from Oxford Brookes University are eligible for registration as a qualified social worker with the social work regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Course length
  • Full-time: MA/PGDip: 2 years (inclusive of summer months)
  • Part-time: maximum of 5 years
Why choose this course?
  • Our graduates are highly employable with 95% obtaining employment on successful completion of their programme.
  • Social Work courses at Oxford Brookes University have been ranked highly in league tables (The Guardian and The Sunday Times University Guides).
  • This is an evidence-informed course delivered via innovative mixed mode learning methods (classroom, distance and work-based).
  • Our courses access a wide range of work-based learning opportunities in Oxfordshire and neighbouring authorities.
  • Our teaching benefits from the input of experienced researchers working in established areas of children and families, drugs and alcohol, ageing, and inter-professional education and collaborative practice.
  • Oxford Brookes offers a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate your learning and development.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline As early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 13460 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP 4460 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £4,460
  • Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £2,270
  • International full-time on-campus fee: £13,460
  • International part-time on-campus fee: £1,430 per single module
Start date
Credits 180 M level credits
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 60 months

Course Content

The core modules are:
  • Skill Development and Professional Communication
  • The Policy and Law Context of Social Care
  • Social Work Practice 1
  • Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Adults
  • Supporting Children and Families: Building the Evidence
  • Social Work Practice 2
  • Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Children and Families
In addition, MA students will be required to undertake
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements


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You can apply for either the MA in Social Work or the PGDip in Social Work. Both courses lead to fully qualified social work status.

You must:
  • have a good honours degree (2:1 or above for the MA; 2:2 or above for the PGDip), or a professional qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree, normally in a cognate area
  • have GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at least to grade C or above, and basic IT skills with reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection.
  • You should have experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people in the UK. This experience should be sufficient to enable you to clearly demonstrate your commitment and motivation, and your understanding of the knowledge, skills and values of social work. This would typically be the equivalent of one year’s full-time experience of social care or health care-related practice in either the statutory or the voluntary sector in the UK. Caring in a personal capacity may in some instances be acceptable as relevant experience.
  • Successful applicants must submit where possible, a recent practice reference from a social care employer in the UK who can verify that they have met the PCF levels of capability required at the point of entry to qualifying social work programmes.

Candidates who did not complete GCSE English Language within the UK will be asked to obtain one of the following:

  • IELTS: a score of 7.0 overall and with no category scoring below 6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English: grade C or above.

All applicants must be screened for fitness to practise and undertake a full Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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