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Social Work Practice Professional Masters

Social Work Practice Professional Masters

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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

About the course

The Master of Professional Social Work Practice (Step Up to Social Work) course allows graduates holding the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Social Work Practice to progress to a full Masters award by undertaking a work-based research project.

This work-based course will enable you to gain the systematic and independent ability to critically evaluate current theoretical understanding and practice.

You will develop the skills needed to apply knowledge-informed and evidence based practice in the workplace, and have opportunities to undertake a piece of supervised research.

At the end of your studies, you will have achieved a nationally-recognised professional qualification in Social Work together with a postgraduate academic award.

Why choose this course?

  • Study in both classroom and practice settings to develop the skills of communication, teamwork and leadership you will need to address a range of increasingly complex issues
  • Explore, understand and critically evaluate the power structures of society which create inequalities, and acquire an awareness of the tools and techniques which can be used to counter them
  • Develop the skills of initiative, resourcefulness, critical reflection and emotional literacy that you will need if you are to offer successful solutions to human problems
  • Gain a deep and systematic understanding of the applied social sciences that inform the knowledge and practice of social work, including sociology, social policy, law and ethics
  • Benefit from a critical awareness of current social issues and develop confidence in the approaches required to address them.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed using a range of methods including formally assessed papers, assignments, case studies, group and individual presentations, research based work and evidence drawn from learning in the work place. All unit assessments will draw on your experiences in the work place in order to embed the integration of theory and practice. These methods are designed to test you in all the areas necessary for professionally capable practice as qualified Social Workers as well as the academic disciplines underpinning such practice. Through the use of a variety of assessment methods you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice capability. Representatives of students' sponsoring authorities and service users and carers will be fully involved in all relevant assessment tasks to ensure that your learning is assessed against the requirements of the profession. Formal Practice Learning will be assessed over two periods of work-based learning in a variety of social work and related settings.


Research Informed Child Care Practice - Core
Reflective Social Work Practice - Core
Ethical Perspectives On Law And Society - Core
Dissertation For Social Workers - Core
Developing Professional Social Work Practice - Core

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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

This course is only open to graduates holding a PG Diploma in Social Work. This course does not currently allow for open access. Recruitment is governed by the Department for Education (DfE) and advertising and the initial application process is managed by the DfE. Standard University entry requirements apply but applicants must also meet the DfE and College of Social Work entry requirements as set out below. The selection process will require you to demonstrate substantial relevant experience and an aptitude to work with children and families in need, i.e. the appropriate personal qualities, values and skills to be a social worker (i.e. the Professional Capabilities Framework at entry level). It will include a written task, group exercise, role play and personal interview in accordance with the College of Social Work guidance on recruitment.

University information

Formed in 2006, the University of Bedfordshire is a modern university boasting innovative state-of-the-art facilities. These are: Luton Bedford Milton Keynes Aylesbury Putteridge Bury The University is constantly investing in its campuses and facilities, having opened a brand new, four-storey STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) building in September 2019. They have also invested in a high-tech, seven-storey...more