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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

The social work profession is dynamic and diverse. It requires a particular combination of intellectual ability, analytical skills, emotional resilience, empathy and the ability to use role-based authority when needed.

Course overview

Social workers work closely with other organisations to support and protect children and adults from harm, and to effect personal and social change. Studying Social Work at the University of Chester will offer you an opportunity to develop the skills needed to perform as a social work practitioner in today’s challenging and unpredictable landscape. Social work education at the University of Chester is provided in collaboration with the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership. The teaching partnership comprises of four universities, eight local authorities, two community NHS trusts and one voluntary sector organisation.

Why study this course with us?

Students are taught in small groups in supportive and encouraging environments, and service users and carers are involved throughout the course.

Social Work at Warrington Campus has excellent links with Local Authorities and with many private, voluntary and independent agencies, who provide opportunities for supportive learning in practice placements.

Teaching staff are qualified and registered social workers, and are able to use their research and practice experience to enhance teaching sessions.

We have an excellent relationship with local employers who frequently comment on how impressed they are with our Social Work students. A high percentage of Social Work students from the University of Chester gain employment with local authorities upon completion of the course and registration with HCPC.

Distinguished scholar Dr Gurnam Singh is a Visiting Professor of Social Work here at the University of Chester. Find out more about Dr Singh’s work.

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Module content will include: 1. Social policy: The history of social work and its relationship to the welfare state, key ideologies, role of the state, needs and rights, participation and choice, care versus control in the context of a neo-liberalist and managerialist welfare state. 2. Contemporary social policy initiatives covering children and families (e.g. Think Families), adults (e.g. Valuing People), interdisciplinary/inter-agency agenda, substance misuse, evidence-based practice. 3. Sociological concepts of social divisions: Class, power, inequality and disadvantage, poverty, racism, gender, sexuality, disability, asylum seekers. 4. Sociological concepts: Primary and secondary socialisation, values, culture, identity, anti-discriminatory practice and anti-oppressive practice. 5. Sociological paradigms (interpretivism and positivism): Functionalism, radicalism, Marxism, symbolic interactionism, modernism/post-modernism, structuralism/post-structuralism.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should have - 2:1 (or above) honours degree in any subject. - Grade C/4 in GSCE Maths and English Language. We will also consider nationally recognised equivalent qualifications for both Maths and English Language. - IT competence. - A satisfactory occupational health check.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more

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