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Professional Development & Practice MA

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work Caring Skills

Course type


Course Summary

If you’re a professional working in the fields of social work and social care then our MA Professional Development and Practice course offers you the ideal opportunity to enhance your knowledge and advance your career.

This course is especially suited for social work and social care practitioners working in child, adult and mental health care. It’s also a great development opportunity for anyone working in areas such as youth offending services (YOS), homeless services, domestic violence, learning disabilities and substance misuse.

If you’re a social worker, this course will provide evidence of your learning in order to meet The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements for renewing your registration. We also recommend this course as a valuable continuing professional development (CPD) opportunity for non-social work qualified staff who are looking to advance their careers.

Why study with us

  • On this course you’ll be encouraged to critically reflect on and review your professional development with a view to enhancing your performance and service delivery.
  • We’ll provide you with learning opportunities to explore complex challenges, current issues and new evidence-based practice research.
  • You’ll be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

Learning and assessment

At the start of the course you’ll study a core module which will enable you to reflect on your own learning and professional development.

After that we provide a flexible and wide choice of modules for you to choose from, allowing you to tailor your study to your own interests and career aspirations. These focus on areas such as Advanced Mental Health Practice, Safeguarding Children and Young People, Inclusion and Community, Violence Against Women, Youth Justice and much more.


We aim with this module to provide you with an opportunity to undertake an in depth, critical exploration and analysis of an area you are interested in that is appropriate for your programme of study.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£785 per 20 credits

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Non Lab-Based: £13,500; Lab-Based: £14,500. It is a guide for part-time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB).

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a forward-thinking university with multiple campuses and a truly international community of student learners. Founded in 1828, it has become one of the UK’s largest universities, with almost 200 years of heritage in delivering high-quality education. UCLan offers a portfolio of over 200 employment-oriented courses, aimed at preparing graduates for successful and impactful careers. The...more

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