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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

This course enables you to gain experience and professional capabilities which will help you to apply to register as a Social Worker.

Course description

  • Gain experience in work placements where you can put theory into practice
  • Study a course approved by Social Work England
  • Apply for a bursary from the Department of Health and you may be eligible for funding towards your tuition fees and work placement travel expenses.

How you will learn

Our teaching team includes several qualified social workers with many years of experience working in the sector. Some of the classroom-based activities include lectures, small group work, case discussions and debates. During this course, you’ll spend 170 days in work placements where the theory you have learnt can be put into practice. All placements are allocated for you and will give you a broad range of experience.


There's a growing demand for qualified social workers who can work in a variety of fields, and this course prepares you for that. You could work with issues such as child protection, vulnerable adults, mental health, disability, older adults and youth justice. These may exist in a variety of settings such as hospitals, day centres, area offices, residential centres, voluntary sectors and schools.

The course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA.


Social Work Law and Policy
Critical Perspectives of Social Work
Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Young People
Research Project
Youth Justice
Safeguarding Adults
Social Work Law
Preparation for Practice Learning
Practice learning 2
International Social Welfare
Independent Study
Practice Learning 1

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have: minimum 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent; GSCE grade C or above in English and maths or certificated equivalences, regardless of previous educational qualifications; completion of a written test, regardless of previous qualification or educational background.

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more