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Social Work (Top-up) MA

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Study mode

Part time


5 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary


This Social Work (Top-up) masters course is an academic qualification where you will experience an integration of practice and research. Social workers have a key role in working with other professionals to offer support to some of society's most vulnerable citizens.

Why study MA Social Work (Top-up) at Middlesex University?

This programme has been designed for Social Work England registered social workers who are have a PGDip in Social Work and who wish to achieve a masters level award. We are looking for people who are committed to social inclusion and who are familiar with issues surrounding disempowerment, deprivation and inclusivity. You will bring leadership skills, the ability to empathise and an ability to deal with complex situations working in partnership with others. You will have a strong commitment to developing the social work profession and to developing evidence based practice.

Course highlights

  • You will benefit from teaching sessions alongside our pre-qualifying MA/PGDip Social Work students in interactive workshop-style seminars and e-learning resources
  • Middlesex University has a track record of supporting excellence in social research
  • You will be taught by staff from within our Department of Mental Health and Social Work where prominent and pioneering research projects in the disciplines is undertaken
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for the module, free printing and copying, 24 hour library services and access to a range of other valued resources


How can the MA Social Work (Top-up) support your career?

Our graduates have been successful in obtaining employment across a wide range of Social Work settings.

The combination of classroom-based teaching and practice learning on placement ensures you have the right mix of skills and knowledge to excel as a social worker upon graduation. Many of our graduates find employment with our placement partners, with neighbouring London boroughs and beyond.


You will undertake a dissertation relevant to Social Work practice. You will be supported by an academic supervisor who will help you to navigate your research and the writing of your dissertation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Part-time students: £37 per dissertation credit.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

We require applicants to have a PGDip Social Work and be registered with Social Work England. Applicants must have evidence of having studied a research methods module either at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Enhanced DBS check may also be 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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