MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, University Certificate in Applied Professional Studies

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, University Certificate in Applied Professional Studies

University of Stirling

This part-time, flexible course is for post-qualifying Social Work professional study. The MSc programme 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.

Study pathways include:

  • Child Welfare and Protection
  • Management and Leadership in Social Services
  • Adult Support and Protection
  • Advanced Practice Skill in Child Welfare and Protection
  • Social Work Practice Education

Key information

  • Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, University Certificate
  • Study methods: Mixture of online and classroom delivery
  • Duration: This programme is flexible so durations are for guidance PG/UG Cert: 12 months, PG Diploma: 24 months, MSC: 30 months
  • Start date: Both Spring and Autumn start-dates are available
  • Course Director: Duncan Helm
  • Location: Stirling Campus

Course objectives

This course is a post-qualifying award designed to support experienced professional staff in developing advanced knowledge, skills and understanding.

Child Welfare and Protection (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate)

Safeguarding their future

This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. With a focus on improving outcomes for children, this course tackles core challenges in practice including assessment, planning and effective practice. The course builds professional knowledge and competence sequentially through consideration of key frameworks (such as attachment theory and resilience), critical reflection on multi-professional judgement and decision-making, through to examination of the latest research and practice developments in care planning and intervention.

The Certificate consists of three 20 credit modules (Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework) which are designed to be taken sequentially across one year of study. Each module is delivered over seven days through a blend of direct teaching and structured learning activities. Modules are structured to accommodate the pressures experienced by professionals combining adult learning with demanding workloads. Unique to this course, there is a final day in the timetable which provides students with the tools and opportunity to review their learning across the course. This review of learning is designed to facilitate embedding of learning in practice and to dovetail the learning outcomes from the course with the student’s ongoing professional development.

Management and Leadership in Social Services (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate)

A flexible programme of study recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as an appropriate qualification for registered managers.

The programme is appropriate for frontline managers and supervisors working in diverse roles and specialisms. Participants on the course may come from a health, social work, education, occupational therapy or housing background and may be working in residential, day services or fieldwork settings.

The modules involve direct teaching days which include group discussions and activities; structured learning sessions for independent study and action learning sets. There are extensive online learning materials to complement the teaching sessions and to support collaborative learning.

Adult Support and Protection (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate)

Reflecting, developing and improving

Practitioners and managers are required to deliver support and protection services to a varied population, in imaginative ways and within a challenging wider context.

The pace of change in law, policy and service structures adds to this complexity.

Our courses offer a valuable space where health and social care practitioners and managers from across Scotland will:

  • Bring their knowledge around law and policy right up to date.
  • Explore and develop their theoretical, ethical and practical understanding of delivering individual support and contributing to service delivery
  • Engage with leading researchers and practice experts
  • Exchange and debate varying approaches to policy and practice with professionals from across Scotland
  • Reflect and refresh their own framework for thinking about adult services, support and protection that they can then share with their team and agency

Advanced Practice Skill in Child Welfare and Protection (Postgraduate Certificate)

Every Childhood is worth fighting for

Delivered by representatives of the University of Stirling, the NSPCC and a range of experts from across Scotland, this fully accredited programme has been introduced to enable students to develop advanced skills in child welfare and protection practice with children and families.

Unlike most other postgraduate courses in the field, this course has an emphasis on gaining practical skills and experience. In particular the course is designed to bridge an existing gap in practice skills development, and students will gain knowledge, skills and experience for working within the most challenging settings.

The syllabus will provide access to the latest insights, from experts in fieldwork and clinical practice across a range of settings, which inform contemporary practice in Scotland.

It will include a variety of innovative learning and assessment methods including videotaped role-play, extended case study work, peer review.

Introducing a more intensive model of skills validation for experienced practitioners, the course will encourage criticality and a culture of evidence informed practice and interventions, and approaches to self-evaluation.

Social Work Practice Education (Postgraduate Certificate)

This is a new postgraduate level course for professionals who want to become Practice Educators with social work students on practice placements. It promotes analytical & reflective practice and aims to equip Practice Educators and, in turn, students for effective practice in complex contemporary social work environments.

The course is positioned within the MSc in Applied Professional Studies structure. Students can choose to combine this award with other postgraduate level study in order to achieve the MSc in Applied Professional Studies.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Students must be working in or have experience of working in a relevant profession.

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
12 - 30 months
Part time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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