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Advanced Social Work and Management MSc

Advanced Social Work and Management MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Work Management (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The Advanced Social Work and Management MSc supports the development of experienced social workers who are in some form of leadership role.

It seeks to consolidate learning in line with the eighth level of the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). At this stage, you are expected to be a specialist with some strategic influence.

There is only one module on the course – the dissertation – and this must relate to management issues for you to be eligible for the award. In all other respects, it is identical to the standard masters.

As a course of continuing professional development (CPD), the Advanced Social Work and Management MSc is not accredited by a Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB). However, you must still be registered as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to be accepted on to the programme.

Course structure

The course is delivered part-time over one to two years. It gives you the opportunity to:

research an area of social work practice in depth, for example advanced practice, education or management;
develop understanding of, and skills in, research planning in relation to advanced professional practice; and
develop further self-directed skills in advanced scholarship.


This MSc will advance you to the highest levels of the PCF and of social work practice. You will be more likely to secure a position as a strategic social work manager or in work of equal calibre.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



Research in Advanced Social Work Practice: The Dissertation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have: a first degree, or accredited prior learning (APL); a recognised social work qualification registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a social worker; a minimum of 15 hours per week dedicated to professional social work practice in a leadership role; the agreement of an employer to facilitate relevant experience and supervision. We recruit to this course through local authority secondments rather than through independent applications.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more

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