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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSW - Master of Social Work

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Course summary

  • Gain the knowledge, skills, methods and values that inform social work.
  • Work with other professionals, service users and carers in practice placements across the social care sector.
  • Experience and engage in a variety of learning activities aimed at developing you as a professional social worker.

Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You split your study time between acquiring the latest knowledge and necessary skills at university, and then putting it into practice on professional work placements. You spend a total of 200 days working in professional settings and attending specialist skills days.

You engage with a range of topics which includes

assessment, planning, intervention and review
skills development
psychosocial knowledge applied across the life course
professional ethics
law and policy
social work theory and practice models
research methods and evidence based practice

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • social work

Employability for those graduating has been above the national average for social work students.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • local authorities
  • voluntary agencies
  • the private sector


This course was approved by the previous social work regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council.


Evaluating Research Methodologies (15 Credits) - Core
Creating Original Practice (45 Credits) - Core
Professional Practice (15 Credits) - Core
Foundations Of Values, Ethics And Ant Oppressive Practice For Social Work (15 Credits) - Core
Law And Policy For Social Work (15 Credits) - Core
Professional Practice Placement 1 - Core
Psychosocial Theories And Methods For Social Work (15 Credits) - Core
Understanding Complexity In Practice (15 Credits) - Core
Social Work With Children And Families (15 Credits) - Core
Social Work With Adults (15 Credits) - Core
Professional Practice Placement 2 - Core
Evaluating Complexity In Practice (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
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International fees
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Entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language or literature or equivalent, plus an honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.2 or above in any subject, together with relevant personal or professional experience of social care.

University information

When studying a postgraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University, students will be working at the cutting edge of their discipline using the latest techniques, ideas, practices, and insights to address contemporary issues in their discipline, professional practice and the workplace. There are over 30,000 students at Sheffield Hallam University, and just over 6,000 of those are studying at postgraduate level. The university places a...more