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2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary


At the heart of social work is the promotion of human rights and social justice, and the protection of individuals and their families. It aims to bring about change through working in partnership with individuals, families and communities often at the point of distress and vulnerability.

Our MA Social Work course is approved by Social Work England*. This means, when you graduate, you can apply for professional registration to practice as a registered social worker.

This two-year, full-time masters degree is designed for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to become registered social work practitioners. We'll make sure that you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the professional standards by the time you complete your course.

As a registered social worker, you’ll work within health and social care teams, including statutory, independent and voluntary services. As a social worker, you’ll work in partnership with a range of professionals across many services and disciplines, including health, the police and housing. You’ll often be in situations that are complex and challenging but you’ll be working towards bringing about positive changes for individuals, families and communities.

It can be difficult to appreciate the difference social workers make until you’ve experienced professional practice – and that’s why you’ll complete work-based placements in both years of this course.


Our MA Social Work course is approved by Social Work England. This means, when you graduate, you can apply for professional registration with Social Work England to practice as a registered social worker.

Our staff have excellent working relationships with employers. Employers support the ongoing delivery of the course and help you to develop your employability skills and improve your chances of finding work after you graduate.

You might work in a social services department within a local authority or for an organisation such as the NHS. Perhaps you’ll work for a private company, such as in a residential care home, or for a charity. You could also specialise in an area you’re particularly interested in, such as child protection, adult services or mental health.

From working with children and young people leaving or women experiencing domestic violence to adults with learning disabilities, you could develop your career as a social worker across a number of different areas.


The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to law, rights and safeguarding with development of legal literacy for social work practice. The emphasis will be on core elements of the law needed across social work practice.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at upper second class (2:1) or above. Applicants with a lower second class (2:2) will be considered on an individual basis depending on their experience. All applicants will also require GCSE English Language at Grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Key Skills) may be considered. Demonstration of a genuine commitment to social work and social justice is essential. Relevant experience and employment is highly desirable as is previous study in social science or related areas.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Met. The University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and has 14 centres of research expertise. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned for its...more

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