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Social Work - MA (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

The Complete University Guide 2018 ranks our MA in Social Work 14th of all Social Work courses in the UK and in the top ten of Universities in England. 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.

Core Modules:
• Human Growth and Diversity (Year 1)
• Legal Policy and Organisational Frameworks (Year 1)
• Engaging and Working with Service Users (Year 1)
• Research for Practice (Year 1)
• Law for Practice (Year 1)
• Social Work with Children and Families (Year 2)
• Social Work with Adults (Year 2)
• Practice Related Professional Study (Dissertation) (Year 2)

There are no optional modules associated with this course.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

The MA Social Work is full-time for 24 months requiring attendance four days per week. The course consists of:

  • 30 days of professional skills development
  • Two practice learning placements of 70 days in year 1 and 100 days in year 2

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.

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

Graduate Destinations:

The proportion of graduates in work or further study is 87% (DLHE 2012/13 – 2014/15).

Work Experience Opportunities:

The MASW includes two periods of Practice Learning Placement, but does not include other work experience opportunities.

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Essential information


Full-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) or GCSE Mathematics and English Grade C or 4 (or equivalent).

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

Centre for Lifelong Learning

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.