Successful completion of the degree leads to the University award of MA Social Work and enables you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register as a social worker.
The MA in Social Work at Warwick is available for people with an undergraduate degree, and a clear desire and motivation to work with and support the most vulnerable people in society. Successful completion will lead to the professional qualification necessary to seek registration as a Social Worker, as well as a higher degree from a top-ten UK university.
The MA Social Work is full-time for 24 months which consists of:
• 200 days of structured academic teaching
• 30 days of professional skills development
• Two practice learning placements of 70 and 100 days
A mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars and experiential activities is used across all teaching to engage with a range of learning styles and methods. This includes collaborative group work and inter-professional learning opportunities. Practice learning placements are delivered across a wide range of established, high profile contacts which offer excellent placement opportunities in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
We are committed to excellence and innovation in our teaching, and work within the Centre for Lifelong Learning to develop a holistic teaching programme drawing from a range of expertise. The course has been developed in consultation with our service users and stakeholder partner groups, who are also actively involved in teaching and learning opportunities.
Applicants will normally have a 2:1 degree in any subject, or equivalent international degree.
Successful applicants must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in both mathematics and English at grade C/4 or higher (please note, the University will not accept Functional Skills as equivalent to GCSE). Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to submit an English Language test equivalent to IELTS 7.0 with a maximum of two component scores at 6.0 or 6.5.
The University of Warwick has a long established reputation for delivering high quality social work training, and our graduates are keenly sought and have strong employment prospects as social workers in a variety of statutory, voluntary and private organisations. 92.90% of graduates completing the destinations survey are in graduate level work or further study (DHLE 2016-17).
Our MA Social Work graduates go on to work in a variety of careers. Many become social workers and there are currently social worker positions available throughout the West Midlands and beyond.
Throughout this degree, you will be encouraged to explore:
• The use of self in social work, and how you can build upon the skills you have to develop effective communication, critical analysis and decision-making, and reflective practice
• The organisational and policy context in which social work occurs, and current developments in the profession
• Themes around social justice, social exclusion and inequality, and how social work policy and practice should be informed by recognising and challenging oppression
• Working in partnership with service users, and thinking about how people experience social work involvement in their lives
The first year taught modules in 2018/19 are:
• Engaging and Working with Service Users
• Human Growth and Diversity
• Legal Policy and Organisational Frameworks
• Law for Practice
• Research for Practice
There will also be a number of days set aside for professional skills development, and the first 70 days practice learning placement will begin in February.
The second year teaching will build on this learning and develop knowledge and skills in specific areas of practice. The currently taught modules in 2018/19 are:
• Social Work with Children and Families
• Social Work with Adults
• Practice-related Professional Study (dissertation)
There will again be days set aside for professional skills development, and the second 100 days practice learning placement will begin in February.
You will be assessed by a combination of:
• academic essays
• a formal examination (Social Work Law)
• a practice learning portfolio
• formative exercises, designed to develop your academic and professional skills
• a dissertation, to enable you to expand knowledge and specialism in an area of social work
All applications should be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Please visit the UCAS website for further information or request an application form (Tel: 0870 112 2200 or email: app dot req at ucas dot ac dot uk).
The official UCAS deadline for this course is 15 January. However please ignore this as it relates to traditional undergraduate programmes and not this programme.
Currently, the government offer bursaries to students completing social work qualifying programmes. A bursary is not required to stay on the course.
The bursary contributes to:
• A maintenance grant, based on individual circumstances and recognising the needs of disabled students and students with dependents
• Travel expenses
Please visit the NHS Bursary Services Authority website for further information. The bursaries are organised by the NHS Bursary Services Authority based on candidates individual circumstances.
The current NHS tuition fee bursary is £4052*
Therefore, the cost to prospective students will be approximately £4958 per academic year x 2*
*Bursaries are not yet confirmed for 2019/2020 academic year and this information may be subject to change.
Full-time students on this course may be eligible to apply for the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme.
For self funding students the fees are:
Home/EU: Full-time £9,010
Overseas - Band 1: Full-time £20,270
There may be some additional fees whilst you study with us, which cover the use of the facilities such as parking or personal equipment for lessons.
Other funding opportunities
Government Postgraduate Loans are available for students on this course that are not in receipt of the bursary, you can apply for a loan of up to £10,609 as a contribution towards your course and living costs. For more information visit the student funding webpages.
You may also be eligible to apply for a career development loan, available through Barclays, Lloyds and other banks.
Please visit the Postgraduate study webpages at The University of Warwick for more information about studying as a Postgraduate.
Please note that if you are interested in arranging accommodation through the University, the first year of the MA only lasts until the end of Term 3 of the academic year rather than for 50 weeks like most postgraduate courses. For more information, please see the Warwick Accommodation website
The teaching interests and expertise of the social work group include:
• children’s physical and emotional well-being
• child protection, gender and domestic violence
• men, masculinities and health
• power in child protection
• critical social work
• gender and health inequalities
• the positive use of ICT and social media in teaching and practice
• working with people who have physical impairments and learning difficulties
• communication and inter-professional learning
Staff members are research active in these and other fields. You can find out more about our research through our Staff research interests page. Additionally, we are linked to the Centre for the Study of Safety and Wellbeing, which is also located in the Centre for Lifelong Learning.
Our MA in Social Work forms part of a vibrant community of professional education and academic courses at Warwick. We enable you to develop applicable expertise that is grounded in an understanding of theory and policy. We have a strong regard for inclusivity and delivering cutting-edge teaching informed by the latest research and the use of technology to promote participative learning. We work in collaboration with a range of partner organisations within social work settings and in multi-disciplinary contexts across the health, social care, education and criminal justice sectors. We are also strongly committed to service user participation, and drawing from the expertise of those who have used social work services.
In this video recent graduate, Jasmine, explains how a combination of 170 days work placement and 200 days of structured academic teaching has prepared her for her new role as a social worker. This video was filmed in January 2017.
Starts: September 2019
Level: Postgraduate (Level 7)
Length: Two years (Full-time)
"For years I wanted to do something else but had no idea what. I needed more of a challenge...” Rachel, 2nd year