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Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary



DMU has a 30-year history of delivering social work education at undergraduate level. This course, uses this experience to offer social work qualification at postgraduate level with successful completion providing eligibility to apply for registration with Social Work England.

The course is vocational and up to half of it is spent on placement in social work settings. The course aims to produce capable and competent students ready to enter the profession and make a difference to service users’ lives. The qualification is generic so you will be able to work across a range of adult and childcare settings in both the statutory and voluntary sector.

You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, student-led learning, problem-based learning, self-directed study and e-learning. Alongside this, the Social Work MA has 170 days of practice-based learning.

We have strong links with placement providers which produce high quality placements supervised by practice educators. Placements are normally within the Leicester City or Leicestershire geographical area and are full-time work-based learning commitments.

Key feature

  • Develop your professional skills by transferring theory into practice in the 170 days on placement.
  • We have strong links with the local statutory and voluntary sector to ensure good quality and supportive placement experiences.
  • The course has been developed to provide the academic teaching in year one before placements to ensure that you feel equipped for practice learning.
  • You will be taught by experienced social work practitioners and researchers, ensuring a rich learning experience.
  • Service users, carers and current social work practitioners are directly involved in our teaching.
  • Benefit from a 30-year history of delivering social work education at DMU.
  • Study a range of modules including Children and Families Social Work, Human Growth and Development, Social Work with Adults, and Social Work Theories and Methods.


Skills Development days
Understanding Professional Practice in Social Work
Human Growth and Development
Social Work Theories and Methods
Values and Social Justice
Social Work with Adults
Children and Families Social Work
Research Methods
Skills Development Days
Research Dissertation 
Placement One
Placement Two

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is now closed to international students.

Entry requirements

Students need to already have a 2:1 degree and a minimum of 6 months full-time relevant paid or voluntary work experience, or equivalent (approximately 800 hours), within the social care sector. Level 4/C in English at GCSE level is also required. Applicants who hold a 2:2 degree (in any subject) will be considered if they also hold an award at postgraduate level and have 6 months paid or voluntary work experience, or equivalent (approximately 800 hours), within the social care sector. Applicants who hold a 2:2 degree but do not have a postgraduate qualification will be considered if they have at least 12 months full-time equivalent (approximately 1600 hours) relevant paid or voluntary work experience.

University information

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) offers the perfect combination of award-winning teaching and specialist facilities. Based in the centre of the bustling and multicultural city of Leicester, rich in cultural heritage, history, and diversity, making it feel like the world is on your doorstep, located in the heart of England, our campus blends the historical and the new and has provided an inspiring place to study for more than 150...more