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Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary


Our accredited Master’s degree in Social Work will equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to launch a rewarding career as a registered social worker.

You will study the ethics and values of social work, critical practice relating to the law around child and adult care, and the key theories and perspectives underpinning social work policy and practice.

You will spend half of your time on placement with social work agencies, learning through observation and practice, and the other half being taught on our Singleton Park campus.

Throughout your studies, you will refine critical research and analytical skills in relation to social work practice and policy, and develop professional reflective practice techniques.


Job prospects are excellent; 95% of social work students from Swansea University are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of completing their undergraduate degree (Unistats 2017), and post-graduate students are expected to be in similar demand.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.


The central premise of this module is to enable them to fulfill the requirements of Social Care Wales during their 80 day placement. This will include demonstrating that they are able to meet the required National Occupational Standards (NoS) for a level 2 placement and to uphold the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care Workers. During placement students will have the experience of working with citizens in need of care and support as well as their carers. Their practice will be supervised and assessed by a practice educator. There will be will attend a ?recall? day to monitor their experience of placement and their understanding of how the concepts discussed work in practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


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

To apply for this course you will need: A UK degree (2:2 or above) in a social work/social science-related discipline, plus Maths and English or Welsh GCSE at grade A*-C or equivalent, e.g. Key Skills level 2 (QCDA) Numeracy or ‘Application of number’, e.g. Key Skills level 2 (QCDA) Communication. You will need to demonstrate awareness and understanding of the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care. Applicants are required to have undertaken over 300 hours of direct social care work.

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more

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