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MSW - Master of Social Work
Why choose this course?
We are looking for motivated and talented graduates with the potential to become registered social workers.
In this two-year programme, you will be taught by social work academics who have teaching, research and practice expertise spanning the range of specialist social work fields.
The depth and breadth of academic expertise and experience is a major strength of the programme. This prepares students to become social workers in their chosen areas of specialist social work practice, equipped with a broad range of theory and evidence.
The programme is underpinned by a psycho-social and life-course approach, encouraging critical thinking and anti-discriminatory practice in response to the needs of people and communities.
The Masters of Social Work is accredited by Social Work England. On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register as a social worker with Social Work England, the professional regulator.
We provide social work education in partnership with a diverse range of local authorities and voluntary sector organisations. A key arrangement with social work employers involves a partnership called 'Developing Together'. This provides strong and mutually supportive relationships between the university and social work employers. Experienced social workers and people with lived experience of social care contribute to your learning and development over the duration of the programme. We have a state of the art innovative skills lab to help you to learn and develop practice skills, preparing you for field learning in two practice placements.
The Masters of Social Work at Kingston has an international perspective, attracting students from countries outside of the UK. We have a track record of educating students from the United States, who have gone on to work as licensed social workers in the US.
What you will study
You will gain the core knowledge, skills and values required for social work practice. On this programme you will learn about effective approaches to work with children and their families and adults at risk (including older adults, and mental health social work practice). You will study legal, policy and ethical frameworks for social work practice; human development; social work methods of assessment and intervention.
A specialist practice interest module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in depth study in a chosen area of special interest and can be taken in a national or international setting.
After you graduate
On completing the course you will be eligible to apply to the Social Work England to register as a social worker. Employment opportunities are available in:
Children's services and family support
Community care and adult services
Adult/youth criminal justice services
Community, day, residential and health settings
Mental health, disability, learning disabilities, older adults, addictions, and forensic services
Portable social work qualification that you can use to work overseas.
Post-qualifying programmes available
Good career development opportunities and post-qualifying training and awards are now an established part of the social work profession.
This course is designed to give suitable graduates a professional qualification in social work. On successful completion, you gain a Master of Social Work (MSW), and you will be able to apply to join Social Work England's register of social workers.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
A degree at 2:1 or above, normally in a social science subject. Demonstrable experience in the social care sector, obtained through paid employment or as a volunteer or user/carer experience; and have other work/life experience related to the sector or likely to be of value to the sector. All applicants must confirm prior to interview that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
Located in South-West London, Kingston University offers a high-quality portfolio of taught postgraduate and research degree courses in a buzzing, student-friendly, riverside town. Students at Kingston are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace and are provided with a huge variety of learning opportunities, state-of-the-art resources and facilities and support services. Postgraduate study spans four academic...more