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2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary


The MA in Social Work gives students with a first degree a professional social work qualification at Master's level.

The course will enable you to be a confident, competent, qualified social work practitioner. We offer a well established course with a national reputation for producing high-calibre workers. Our course is designed, managed and delivered by a Programme Management Board that includes practice placement agencies, students, lecturers and practitioners. Stakeholder involvement ensures that our course maintains a dynamic, outward-looking approach towards social work education with a clear focus on the needs of service users.

The course is built upon the following standards and requirements for social work training:

  • the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for social care workers)
  • the DOH (Department of Health) Requirements for social work training
  • the College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework
  • the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) benchmark statements for social policy administration and social work

Learning and assessment

Our programme is built around The College of Social Work’s requirements for practice placements, coupled with a clear system of curriculum development as you progress through the stages of the programme.

Our proven skills in teaching rest upon a commitment to clear learning outcomes, a structured system of progression, imaginative assessments and the provision of safe, stimulating learning environments. Our lecturers have a variety of specialist practice, academic and research skills as well as a commitment to providing high quality teaching and learning.

All assessments test skills in critical analysis and reflective practice in the integration of the practice and theory of social work. Prior to starting each placement you will be assessed on your ‘fitness to practice’ and suitability for social work training, and you will be expected to pass your placement at the required level.

Other forms of assessment include:

  • essays
  • individual and group presentations and exercises
  • video and taped practice submissions
  • participation in ‘virtual learning’ exercises
  • formal examinations.


To understand the social work role in adult social care and investigate theoretical perspectives and methods used in adult social work. To enable you to gather and apply knowledge from relevant social research and theory about the nature and context of social work practice with adults in different contexts and with differing needs.
Practice Placement Learning II - Core
Mental Distress Across the Life Course - Core
Research Methods for Social Workers - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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Entry requirements

Students need to Possess an undergraduate honours degree at 2:1 or higher in any discipline. We will also consider applicants who hold a Masters level qualification. Demonstrate that, by the time they start the course, they will have acquired current and relevant underpinning knowledge from psychology, sociology and social policy, at a level, which will allow them to complete the MA (Social Work). Applicants who have not acquired such knowledge in completing their first degrees or who obtained their degrees several years ago should consider what further study and/or reading is required as well as study skills revision to prepare them for this level of study. Demonstrate that their understanding of social work is informed both by underpinning knowledge and by reflection on their experience. Hold certificated qualifications in Maths and English which are, at least, equivalent to GCSE (at grade C or above).

University information

The University of Bradford uses technology to benefit society through its teaching and research. There are world-class facilities on site, and students enjoy a high-tech learning environment at this city centre university. The University employs industry-leading academics for its courses and has been conducting ground-breaking research for over 50 years. The campus is one of the most sustainable in the UK. Buildings are made using hemp, and...more

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