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MA Social Work Student Profiles

If you're thinking of applying for our MA in Social Work, these videos are essential viewing to find out what our students think of the course and who they would recommend it to.

Alexandra Sokolova offers a detailed description of how the course works and what she has enjoyed most:

Julia Dobbie talks about her student journey, from the Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years to now studying for her MA in Social Work:

Teaching Fellow in Social Work, James McGeoghegan, discusses his journey from studying his BA (Hons) Social Studies 2+2 route here to achieving his Master's in Social Work. He now teaches on the MA Social Work degree.

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MA Social Work


"Having worked with children on a voluntary basis for 13 years in many roles, from a football coach to a child welfare officer, I recognised that this was where my heart really lay and that now was the time to develop my hobby into my new career.The University of Warwick have truly opened the door for me to realise these dreams through the MA Social Work. My study will provide me not only a valuable professional qualification needed to become a Social Worker, but also essential knowledge, understanding, and guidance in all areas of Social Work practice. They provide practical support and feedback in all modules and during the work placement, which makes up half of the degree programme. The programme also provides lectures and group discussions with working professionals and service users, who are able to effectively communicate the reality of life working in all fields of Social Work. This has proved invaluable in bringing the degree to life by demonstrating the links between learning and practice."

"After working as a freelance Stage Manager for fifteen years in theatre and the arts sector, I decided I wanted to consolidate life experience and re-train as a Social Worker. I completed my undergraduate degree: BSc - Health and Social Care Management at the University of Plymouth earlier this year. My work-based practical experience during this time was predominantly working with older people, homeless persons, ex-offenders, and individuals with drug/alcohol dependence issues. I also assisted to set-up a community café offering drop-in mental health support services. I hope in the future to work more closely in mental health, possibly in the UK or overseas as an NGO.

I am delighted to be here at The University of Warwick studying for a two year MA in Social Work. I thoroughly recommend the course, which is a mixture of theory and two practical work placements. The staff are extremely supportive, and the course material is engaging, participative, current, fun and lively, with a firm commitment to working in partnership with service users and those who access social work services. I am very much looking forward to getting stuck in to my work placement in the New Year!"

Amanda Richards

2013 graduate, MA Social Work