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Advanced Social Work Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert

Advanced Social Work Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary


Enhance your professional social work skills and develop your capacities in critical reflection, supervision and professional leadership, so that you can practice at a specialist level and improve outcomes for users of services. Please note this programme is only open to those who already hold a professional social work qualification and are wishing to pursue further study.

Why study MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice at Middlesex University?

Our academic staff and practitioners bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, and our long-standing and strong ties with local authorities, charities and independent agencies ensure our courses provide the most current policy and practice in social work. Teaching staff are very supportive and do their best to ensure you succeed.

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills to be able to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work positions such as those within management.

Course content:

What will you study on MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice?

Upon completion of this programme you will have knowledge and understanding of advanced application of theories, models and methods of social work interventions and related research in social work practice as well as understanding the lives and experiences of people who need social work services. You will be able to work in accordance with the relevant Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) and the social work regulatory body’s policies and guidance, and have the knowledge required to meet the requirements of PCF for social work at an advanced level.

What will you gain?

You will enhance and deepen your research practice skills and critical thinking so that you can evaluate research and scholarship in the field and apply it sensitively and systematically. You will develop your clinical and professional leadership, and demonstrate mastery of social work skills within your specialist area.


How is the MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice taught?

You will learn through research, reading and critical reflection, workshops, tutorials and class discussions. Teaching will predominantly if not fully, be delivered online.


You will be assessed via a combination of formative and summative written assignments, group work, assessed role plays and reflective writing based on practice experience. There are currently no examination assessments on the programme.


How can the MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice support your career?

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills required to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work/ welfare positions such as those within leadership and practice management.

Students can progress into the MA after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.


This module focuses on developing your research capability as part of your professional practice within a health and social care context. You are given the opportunity to select a topic, or a concern which may be relevant to your professional practice and / or work context.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

All applicants must have a degree-level social work qualification. You must have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience. Please note that certain modules require a specific number of years of post-qualifying experience. You must currently be employed as a social worker. You must have a satisfactory DBS check. You must be employed in a permanent role as a social worker – employer reference required.

University information

Middlesex is a campus university based in leafy North London only 25 minutes from the buzz of central London. It has been excelling in teaching for over 130 years and boasts international campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. Their industry led, contemporary courses and practice-based teaching will help you to excel in the job market and become a leader in your field. Middlesex’s teaching is informed by the needs of industry, so you’ll develop the...more

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