MA Social Work

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Social Work

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


With significant contributions from experienced social workers and service users, this course combines university and practice-based learning and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.

It is delivered through the Centre for Social Work, which works to promote social and personal change and problem-solving in human relationships and communities.

You will be taught by staff who have national and international reputations for the quality of their research and publications, and this knowledge informs their teaching.

We believe that the heart of social work lies in the relationship which social workers develop with individual service users, whether they are children, young people or adults. Positive relationships enable the social worker to support service users as they negotiate transitions and decisions in their life which may be complex and painful in nature.

Therefore, we aim to select students who have the potential to develop the qualities that service users want and need from social workers: reliability, understanding, warmth, respect, an authoritative approach to difficult issues, and the ability to get things done.

The course is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council and you will need to work within their standards.

Apply online

Applications are made through UCAS (institution N84, course L508) and will appear to be subject to the 15 January deadline. However, applications may still be considered up until the 15 August, subject to availability.

Assessment and interview days

Assessment and interviewing is a two-stage process. Applicants who meet the minimum entry, and who submit an appropriate personal statement, will be invited for an assessment day. This involves a written exercise and observed group discussion. Applicants who are successful at the assessment day will be invited back for an interview.

If invited for assessment, you will need to sign a declaration regarding any criminal record, health condition or other matter which may affect your suitability. All students must then complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Although a criminal record or health condition will not necessarily be a barrier to acceptance, failure to disclose relevant information may subsequently result in your offer being withdrawn.

Course details

The majority of academic teaching takes place in the autumn semester of each year. You will complete a total of 180 credits of modules.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case discussions and experiential exercises, designed to encourage the integration of theory and practice.

Teaching and placements do not always follow the typical University calendar and you will have approximately 10 weeks of vacation during the two-year course.


Assessment includes written assignments, individual and group presentations, research projects and a seen exam.

Practice curriculum

You will be introduced to a variety of approaches to helping people through practice-based learning in a range of settings and with a range of service users. You will spend a total of 170 days in practice settings.

Each period of practice learning will be assessed against the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Key Skills Statements from the Chief Social Workers in England.

We have excellent links with local agencies and an outstanding record in providing high-quality placements. Practice learning is an extremely important part of your educational experience and we work hard to ensure placements meet individual learning needs. Students and practice assessors are supported throughout.

Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis, typically within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and you will be expected to work the same hours as other members of staff.


Year one


  • Human Growth and Development across the Life Course
  • Law for Social Work
  • Research Methods and Research Management
  • Service User Perspectives
  • Social Work Theories, Models and Methods

Year two


  • Dissertation
  • Safeguarding
  • Critical Perspectives on Social Work


  • Social Work with Children and Families
  • Social Work with Adults

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Graduates are eligible to register as qualified social workers with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Our postgraduates move into a wide range of careers following their time in the school. The level of study develops vital skills and can give you a head start in the job market, enabling you to develop self-discipline and motivation that is essential for a variety of fields.

Employability and average starting salary

100% of postgraduates from the School of Sociology and Social Policy who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,007 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £52,219.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline, plus GCSE English and mathematics, 4 (C) or above, and three months of relevant work experience.

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 16, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
2 years
Full time
6,840 GBP
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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£6,840 (UK/EU) - £16,965 (international)