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Professional Social Work Practice MSc

Professional Social Work Practice MSc

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

The Professional Social Work Practice MSc supports the development of qualified social workers from the early stages of their career through to being in a leadership role.

The programme is designed to be flexible and meet the development needs of social workers in any setting. Advice and guidance on which modules to undertake are available from the admissions tutor if desired.

Completion of the full award will 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.

As a course of continuing professional development (CPD), the Professional Social Work Practice MSc is not accredited by a professional, statutory and regulatory body (PSRB). However, you must still be registered as a social worker with Social Work England to be accepted on to the programme.


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 educator, a principal social worker or a strategic social work manager, depending on your chosen specialism.


The only module of the MSc, Research in Advanced Social Work Practice: The Dissertation, is a substantial assessment of Level 7 study. It develops your ability to carry out research independently, to evaluate research and its implications for practice, and to commission and manage the research of other social workers.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have: a first degree, or accredited prior learning (APL); a recognised social work qualification; registration with Social Work England 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.

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 offers 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. For students in need of additional financial support, there is a range of...more

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