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MSc Applied Social Work Practice

MSc Applied Social Work Practice

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Applied Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This structured programme of study will enable you, a qualified social worker, to maintain your continuing professional development (CPD) for professional registration with Social Work England.

Social Workers are required to intervene in the lives of vulnerable people and people in crisis making decisions which impact directly on individuals, families and society. The emphasis in this course is on the application of skills (practical, critical and intellectual), knowledge and research to social work practice, with the aim of improving opportunity and outcomes for service users and communities.

Modules are offered which are relevant at whatever stage of career you are at – from modules to support you at the outset of your social work career to modules which develop supervision and management skills. All modules have been developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders.

You may enter the course as a sponsored student from your employer or maybe self-funding.

You will:

Have flexible access to modules which equip you will the critical skills needed for contemporary practice to improve the lives of service users
Enhance your career, professional credibility and employability with the scope to take one module or progress to the awards of PgCert, PgDip or MSc.


This course has an integrated approach to teaching and learning, focusing on lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as independent learning methods.

Teaching is usually over five weeks, one day per week.

You will be encouraged to critically analyse and reflect upon your own practical experiences.


Assessment will vary by module, but will include written essays, reflective reports, analysis of supervision sessions, and professional discussion.


  • Completing CPD is now an essential part of maintaining your professional registration.
  • By undertaking CPD modules and courses, students demonstrate to employers a commitment to the profession.
  • Undertaking modules lead to better career prospects and promotion.
  • Modules are aligned to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework ASYE, Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, and Advanced social worker levels.
  • Successful completion of the course demonstrates your capability to become a strategic level social worker.
  • The course supports The College of Social Work developmental pathways of Professional Social Work Educator, Advanced Social Work Practitioner and Social Work Manager.

You may also choose to pursue further study and research on our Professional Doctorate (Health and Social Care/Advanced Practitioner/Social Work).


Social work at the University of Salford has links with a wide variety of agencies in the Greater Manchester area. We work with local authorities, not-for-profit agencies and the voluntary sector. We work with over 300 agencies and are involved in collaborative training with our local authority partners.

This course and the modules have been designed with the involvement of local employers to support workforce development and the needs of stakeholders.


To consolidate knowledge, theory and skills from practice in the assessment and management of risk. To further develop your knowledge of the application in practice of a range of theories and models which inform decision-making and influence methods in social work.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Students need to pay £880 per 30 credit module.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Part-time courses are not available for EU/international students.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree normally with a 2:2 honours or professional qualification (if applicable) from the UK or elsewhere. A Professional Qualification in Social Work (CQSW/DipSW). In addition, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a social worker. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

University information

The University of Salford is an ambitious and progressive institution in the Greater Manchester area. It offers a high-quality programme of postgraduate and research degree courses that furthers understanding in key areas of global research, and leads graduates into challenging and rewarding careers in science, healthcare, law, business, engineering, the built environment, media, music and the arts. Students will join a postgraduate community...more

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