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Social Work - MA (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

The Guardian 2019 league table ranks Warwick 8th in the UK for Social Work. Successful completion of the degree leads to the 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 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.

Related Degrees:

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)

    To view the course in more detail, please visit this page.

    * 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

    The proportion of graduates employed as a social worker is 86% (DLHE 2015/16).

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    Essential information

    Course Code



    Full-time: 2 years

    (September 2019 - September 2021)

    Entry Requirements

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

    English Language Requirements

    Band B

    IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

    Department of Study

    Centre for Lifelong Learning

    Location of Study

    University of Warwick

    Course Fees

    See Student Finance


    Opportunities include our Warwick Chemistry Overseas Taught Master’s Scholarships, which award a £4,000 bursary to the most academically gifted overseas students,
    based on excellence. There is no deadline for application but award is conditional on commencing the course.

    Additional Course Costs

    Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


    How to Apply

    Department website

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    This information is applicable for 2019 entry.