Master's Degrees in Social Work in United Kingdom

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Studying Social Work

Social work is a multi-disciplinary and specialised field which focuses on applying the most efficient tools in improving the well-being and the quality of life of certain groups such as children, youths or minorities. Social work studies employ theories from various fields such as sociology, medicine, education or psychology.

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183 Social Work Master's degrees in United Kingdom

MSc/PgD/PgC Citizenship and Human Rights

Created by GCU in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, this first-of-its-kind, work-based programme will empower you to promote the principles of human rights. The Citizenship and Human Rights programme is offered by the Glasgow Caledonian University.  

Glasgow School for Business and Society
MSc/Diploma Clinical Primary and Community Care

The Clinical Primary and Community Care programme from University of Birmingham is suitable for doctors, nurses and any other health care professionals aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care; for example covering all dimensions required in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

School of Health & Population Sciences (HaPS)
MSW Social Work

If you are a graduate looking to gain a professional qualification in social work and eligibility to apply for entry onto the HCPC register of qualified social workers, the Social Work programme offered by Saint George's University of London is ideal for you.

M.Sc. Social Work

The Social Work programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. Social work is now establishing itself as a global profession. Our course offers a challenging and stimulating range of learning opportunities that will equip you with the key attributes necessary to work effectively in a varied, global working environment.

School of Media, Culture and Society
M.A. Refugee Care

The Refugee Care programme offered by the University of Essex introduces a therapeutic dimension and a psychosocial perspective to working with this group of people, and is the only postgraduate course to offer a combination of modules with this emphasis, making a clear distinction between being therapeutic in working with refugees, instead of offering psychotherapy to them.

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Preparation Course Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 2)

Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care is is 24 credits qualification and is designed to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health and social care workforce, and can be used to confirm competence in these areas in a wide range of job roles. This Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 2) is offered by Stanmore School of Business.

M.A. Social Work

The Social Work M.A. from London South Bank University prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. 

M.A. Social Work

The Social Work programme offered by the Goldsmiths, University of London focuses on the issues that are key in facilitating your professional and academic development as a social worker. 

Department of Social, Therapeutic & Community Studies
M.Sc. Applied Professional Studies

This programme is a part-time, flexible course for post-qualifying Social Work professional study. The MSc programme at the University of Stirling accommodates a range of modules to allow students to build credit towards either a “generic” Masters qualification (MSc in Applied Professional Studies) or a range of specialist qualifications by following prescribed pathways of study.

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.Sc. Social Work

Social workers are the advisers, advocates, and counsellors for the vulnerable and troubled members of society. In this Social Worker programme you'll be aware of the impact of social issues including poverty, deprivation and inclusivity. Working towards solutions and managing individual's unique problems, social workers strive to improve the quality of life for others. 

Faculty of Design, Media & Management
M.A. Social Work

The Social Work MA programme aims to educate and train individuals to be reflective, research-minded practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principle of anti-oppressive practice.

Department of Clinical Sciences
Postgraduate Diploma Dementia Studies

The University of Stirling is committed to world class education and research, with a pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence. 98% of our postgraduate leavers from Dementia Studies are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.A. Woman and Child Abuse

The Woman and Child Abuse course from London Metropolitan University is ideal for those who are working in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence, in policymaking or delivery at local, regional or national levels, or anyone wanting to establish careers in these sectors.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
M.Sc. Young People, Social Inclusion & Change

The Young People, Social Inclusion & Change programme at the University of Glasgow introduces the key issues and decision-making processes that impact on young people’s lives across contexts including education, leisure, training and the labour market, housing and household information.

School of Education
M.A. Social Work

They welcome students of all backgrounds who seek an MA in Social Work that develops critical analysis, open debate, questioning and dismantling of conceptual frameworks.

School of Community Health Sciences & Social Care
M.Sc. Advanced Residential Childcare

The MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care has been developed within the School of Social Work and Social Policy alongside the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond. The course is unique in the UK in offering a Masters-level award specifically in residential child care.

M.A. International Child Studies

The International Child Studies MA is a multidisciplinary programme designed to promote a rigorous academic approach to contemporary issues in childhood, underpinned by a children’s rights framework.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.A. Social Work

The full-time course combines in-depth professional training and tuition with high quality practice placements. Graduate and you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified social worker.

Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education
M.A. Social Work

MA Social Work, University of Sheffield This degree makes you eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a qualified social worker in the UK.

Department of Social Science
M.A. Community Care

The Centre offers excellent opportunities for full or part-time research in intellectual disability and community care leading to higher degrees. The Tizard Centre has a strong track record of attracting University and ESRC research studentship funding. This Community Care (MA, MPhil, PhD) programme is offered by the University of Kent.

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
M.A. Social Work

The opportunity will be taken to ensure that there is a significant emphasis on inter-professional learning in the curriculum thereby addressing a current requirement of health and social care practice.

Faculty of Health and Social Care
M.A. Social Work

The MSW in Social Work is a 2-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course.The course provides a stimulating blend of university-based teaching and agency-based learning opportunities across both years.

Postgraduate Certificate Health and Social Care

This course will develop your analytical and critical thinking, improve your leadership and change management skills, and give you the knowledge to take on more challenging senior roles. The Health and Social Care programme is offered at  University of Nottingham.

M.A. Social Work

MA Social Work, University of Nottingham. The MA programme includes both academic study and practice learning. Both elements must be completed satisfactorily in order to successfully complete the course. The majority of academic teaching takes place in the autumn term. This teaching is arranged in modules, for which credits are awarded. A total of 180 credits are required in order to gain an MA.

School of Sociology and Social Policy
M.A. Health and Social Care Practice

The vision within health and social care is to have practitioners who are able to approach the new decade with well founded professional beliefs, confidence, political awareness and preparedness to meet the challenge of shifting user expectations, diminution of traditional roles and commitment to different ways of working.

Master Programmes
M.A. Social Work

Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, this MA Social Work degree from University of East Anglia offers an academic and professional qualification that will enable you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register as a professional Social Worker.

School of Social Work
M.A. Social Work

The main aim of the MA in Social Work is to produce competent, reflective, analytical and research-minded social workers, who are vocationally qualified, with advanced knowledge and skills to bring about innovations through collaborative practice and continuous learning. 

M.Sc. Social Work

This course will introduce you to the values, skills and competencies required for the practice of social work. It provides graduates with the opportunity to train as social workers to the standard prescribed as qualifying level by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Faculty of Health and Social Care
M.A. Social Policy

This course will equip you with the skills to analyse social policy in a way that enables you to understand how policies are developed and the role they play in people's lives. 

Pre-Master Undergraduate Pathway: Social Policy

Through this pathway you’ll consider the reasons behind, and responses to, a wide range of social issues – such as social exclusion, health and social care, poverty, family policies, crime and community safety, citizenship, antisocial behaviour, racism and homelessness.

Cambridge Ruskin International College
M.A. Social Work

Effective social work demands a strong bond and understanding between professionals of different disciplines so that users of social work services receive the best possible care. This Masters degree combines perspectives from social care, health, education and other relevant disciplines to ensure you can work effectively in the multi-disciplinary environment of today’s social work.

M.A. Community and Youth Studies

The challenges of youth and community work are constantly changing and our course has been designed to help you face that change and engage with the policies and ideologies associated with this dynamic area.

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
MSW Social Work

This programme offers you a professional qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council and The Health and Care Professions Council, and eligibility for registration as a social worker.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Social Work

The Masters in Social Work is the professional postgraduate qualification for social work throughout the UK. The course aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and values appropriate for work in a variety of social work settings. The teaching and learning is delivered by qualified/registered Social Work academic staff who are actively engaged in research, consultancy, direct practice and publication.

M.A. Social Work

The fundamental intention of the Social Work MA programme at Bangor University is to equip students to take up positions within the professionally qualified social work workforce. The overall objective is to provide a programme which satisfies the requirements of the Care Council ‘Framework for the Degree in Social Work in Wales’ (2012).

School of Social Sciences
M.A. Social Work

Social Work at the University of Cumbria offers a distinctive emphasis on immersing theory into practice, drawing on a wide range of practice and research expertise in the teaching team.

Health and Social Care
M.A. Social Research Methods (Social Work)

This programme provides an introduction to the principles and values of social work and an understanding of the organisation and delivery of social welfare and related services in the UK. It also provides you with a grounding in the social research methods necessary to conduct applied types of research that are a fundamental part of social work practice and evaluation.

School of Applied Social Sciences
M.A. Social Work

Make a real difference to some of the most marginalised and at-risk people in society. Help disadvantaged people access essential social services. Begin an extremely rewarding career in social work.

M.A. Social Work

Social work is about changing lives for the better. Designed as a route into professional practice for graduates, the Kent MA is taught by qualified social workers. You have access to placements across a range of settings, allowing you to develop your practice and research skills and apply knowledge to practice. The Social Work programme is offered by the University of Kent.

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
M.Res. Health and Social Care (PGDip / PGCert)

The MRes Health and Social Care (MRes HSC) programme will equip students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge and skills in a range of theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social care contexts.

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Master Social Policy (MA, MPhil, PhD)

We offer research supervision across a broad range of topics. We are especially interested in applications that include proposals to investigate the social dimensions of environmental issues in the countries in which we have area expertise, and topics in environmental politics and environmental movements. The Social Policy (MA, MPhil, PhD) programme is offered by the University of Kent.

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
M.Sc. Social Work

Our MSc Social Work aims to provide high-quality Social Work education with an international perspective. It aims to develop reflective and competent social work practitioners who can practise safely, effectively and confidently in complex environments. 

M.Sc. Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Speech, Language and Communication)

We welcome students from diverse geographical, educational and clinical backgrounds, and our taught programme promotes critical reflection and development of research appropriate to students' different language and cultural contexts. We are known for creating an open, dynamic and supportive atmosphere which encourages an exchange of experience and collaboration in studies and research.

School of Health Sciences
M.Sc. Social Work

The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession.

Faculty of Science
M.Phil. Social Science

This MPhil/PhD programme provides a route for students to carry out their own research project; an investigation that will eventually contribute to the field of knowledge within the educational and social sciences. Research students engage with the academic community within the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and benefit from participation in the comprehensive IOE Research Training Programme.

Institute of Education
Postgraduate Certificate Partnerships in Dementia Care

This Postgraduate Certificate in Partnerships in Dementia Care at University of Derby is aimed at a wide range of health and social care professionals working in and around dementia. Whether you are enhancing your career or have a general interest in this area of study, this course is ideal for developing the knowledge you need to make a real difference to people’s lives. 

M.Sc. Ergonomics for Health and Community Care

We are pleased to offer this postgraduate taught programme along with four others in the field of ergonomics and human factors. This interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning means that you benefit from teaching provided by our specialist experts in each area, ensuring that you are trained to the highest professional standard. This streamed approach also provides a greater degree of knowledge and information sharing across the different aspects of ergonomics and human factors.

Design School
M.A. Social Work

Develop yourself with a qualification that allows you to register as a social worker. A career where you can make a real difference to the quality of people's lives.

Preparation Course Access to HE Diploma in Social Work (Level 3) Programme

This one year intensive course is aimed at enabling mature students (19+) to progress to social science degree programmes at university. To achieve this, you must have 60 credits, of which 45 are from level 3 units. (The remaining 15 can be from level 2 units.). This Access to HE Diploma in Social Work (Level 3) programme is offered by Lewisham and Southwark College.

M.A. Social Work

Manchester Metropolitan University has a long established programme of providing social work education including both post graduate and undergraduate qualifying courses in social work, doctoral level research, post qualification professional training and post registration training.

M.A. Social Work

University of Greenwich, Social Work programme is for graduates and leads to the nationally recognised qualification in social work and eligibility to register as a social worker with the General Social Care Council (the GSCC will shortly transfer this function to the Health Professions Council).

School of Health and Social Care
M.A. Advanced Social Work

The Advanced Social Work MA offers a professional development pathway to assist qualified social workers in meeting capabilities and standards of practice consistent with the role of experienced and advanced practitioners. 

M.A. Social Care

This course gives you the opportunity to study in a high-profile and nationally recognised department and benefit from direct access to research active and internationally linked academic staff.

M.Sc. Social Work

The Social Work programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. Research and teaching within the Department of Health and Social care derives from its key objectives of ensuring contemporary health, welfare policy and practice can be informed at every level by a sound social science knowledge base. We undertake a wide variety of commissioned research in the national and international health and welfare arena.

Department Health & Social Care
Master Social Policy (MRes)

The MRes in Social Policy will equip you with advanced social-policy specific research skills that are needed to critically analyse and research contemporary social problems and policy issues.

Pre-Master Postgraduate Pathway: Social Policy

How does globalisation impact on social welfare provision and planning in different countries? Do issues like poverty and social exclusion, street living and migration need to be culturally and locally specific, or could there be global solutions?

Cambridge Ruskin International College
M.Sc. Vulnerability

This Vulnerability course at the University of the West of Scotland focuses on the nature of vulnerability across the lifespan. It is aimed at public sector professionals including those working in health, teaching, social work and the emergency services.

School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
M.A. Youth Work and Community Development

This course will help you become a professionally qualified youth and community worker, increasing your employment potential for diverse roles across the public and voluntary sectors. It is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA).

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
M.A. Social Work

Social Work is a practice based profession which engages people and groups to address complex life challenges and enhance well being. The social work discipline is underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and practice based knowledge.

M.A. Advanced Social Work: Practice Education

This MA enables you to extend and develop your initial competence in supporting the professional learning of others. Courses include enabling the learning of others, teaching and assessing the adult professional learner, developing and undertaking the evaluation of practice learning, and developing the learning organisation through work with individuals, groups and whole organisations.

Department of Social, Therapeutic & Community Studies