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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary


Our full-time social work course combines in-depth professional training and tuition with high-quality practice placements. Graduate and you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified social worker.

We’ve designed our course for graduates with at least six months’ relevant work experience, who want to qualify as professional social workers.

An intensive orientation programme at the start of the course will develop your practical skills ready for your first placement and will introduce you to theories and approaches within social work.

Your typical weekly pattern will then become one day of lectures and training on campus, with the rest of the week being either independent study or supported placement.


We’ll assess you for your master’s degree through academic assignments, practice debriefs and the portfolios you’ll build up, detailing your professional development.

Your final piece of work will be a Dissertation, which must be a substantial, research-based piece of work that demonstrates your knowledge, ideas and professional skills.


You could build a career in the various branches of professional social work, including children’s services, adult services, mental health services, youth offending, residential social care and providing advocacy and support for vulnerable groups.

Different course options

Full time | Chelmsford Campus | 2 years | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module provides an opportunity for you to examine the various factors that influence well-being. In doing so, it promotes a holistic approach to well-being to enable you to understand the broader socio-economic context in which social work takes place and to develop critical perspectives on interventions which take the various sociological and psychological factors that affect service users' well-being into account. This necessarily includes exploring critically the perspectives of service users and carers.
Placement - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

This course is not currently available for International students - please contact the University for further details.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a first degree with honours at a minimum final classification of Upper Second (2:1). They also need 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.