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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Social work is a rewarding profession which enables you to work with and support individuals, families and communities of all ages who face difficulties or distress in their lives. Your role is to assist them in developing practical strategies to improve their situations and make a positive difference – protecting the vulnerable from harm and abuse or supporting people to live independently. It allows you to give something back to society. The course is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments in the professional practice, in policy and in legislation. The curriculum centres on the Professional Capabilities of Social Work framework of: professionalism; values and ethics; diversity; rights, justice and economic wellbeing; knowledge; critical reflection and analysis; intervention and skills; and contexts and organisations.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include an essay, case study, exam, poster presentation, critical reflection on practice, an investigative report, presentation by individual or group of students, or a reflective analysis of practice.

On successful completion, you should be able to: practise safely and effectively as a professional social worker committed to professional development (professionalism); understand and critically engage with social work ethical principles and values in the context of the maintenance and development of professional practice (values and ethics); demonstrate an awareness of the impact of culture, equality and diversity in practice applying anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles on those who use social work services and their communities (diversity); and advance human rights and promote social justice and economic wellbeing (Rights, justice and economic wellbeing).

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Social Work Placement (70 days)
Philosophy and Ethics for Social Work
Psychology and Human Development
Social Work Law and Practice: Adults
Introduction to Social Work
Applied Social Research for Professional Practice
Social Work Theory and Methods
Readiness for Practice in Social Work
Social Work Law and Practice: Children and Families
Social Work Placement (100 days)
Transformative Social Work: International Perspectives
Professional Practice Dissertation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline, and have at least 1 year relevant work experience in social work related field. Applicants with a lower degree classifications will be considered, if they have completed further qualification at postgraduate level (such as a PgCert).

University information

Coventry University is famed for its top-class student support facilities, including the Jaguar Centre, which was designed specifically to support postgraduate students. Postgraduate courses are offered in an array of subjects like Creative Writing, Social Work, Financial Management, Aerospace Engineering and Psychology. You can gain a postgraduate qualification through teaching, online learning or research. Options include: Certificate...more