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Social Work Research PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)

Social Work Research PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Social Research Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is designed to build on the links between social work research and practice in a range of settings to develop the skills required by practice-based professionals and postgraduate students interested in carrying out social work and social care research. You will learn the skills researchers need in order to maximise the impact of their work in addressing real issues of concern with policy makers, managers, practitioners and service users in social work and care. The programme offers a unique combination of academic rigour, up-to-date practice content and relevant and transferable research skills development. Core units will draw on theories and research methods from across the social sciences - including economics, law and philosophy - providing you with a strong foundation with which to carry out your own research.

Optional units build on the school's particular research expertise and will focus on the skills you will require as a social work researcher engaged with a variety of disciplines. For example, you may choose to study community development programmes in the context of poverty, interventions to tackle domestic violence, or programmes for young offenders. Other optional units focus on the wellbeing of particular groups such as children with disabilities, people with severe and long-term mental illness, or asylum seekers and migrants.

We recognise that students will be joining with relevant, albeit varied, experience and there will be opportunities for you to draw on your own experiences as researchers, managers and policy advisers and to share these with other participants on the programme. A unique co-learning environment also allows students an opportunity to interact and share insights with other interest groups across postgraduate programmes.

The programme emphasises the development of social work and social research and analysis methods, as well as substantive knowledge. Graduates from our MSc in Social Work Research often go on to careers as social work and care researchers or analysts, or research commissioners/managers in public or private agencies, both in the UK and internationally. Potential employers include local or central government departments, voluntary or charitable organisations, national or international non-governmental organisations, or international institutions such as the European Union.

Different course options

Full time | Clifton Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences - Core
Further Qualitative Methods - Core
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences - Core
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to hold an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a social science or other relevant discipline; or an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject and a master's degree in social work; or a professional qualification in social work, substantial relevant experience and evidence of ability to benefit from the programme demonstrated through a personal statement. A professional social work qualification is not a requirement for admission to the programme.