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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This degree equips you with the skills, knowledge and reflective capacity you need to practise as an effective social worker. You will develop a sound knowledge base that encompasses theory, the ethical and legal bases for practice, social policy and an understanding of how social work fits into organisational contexts. The course promotes relationship-based practice and is unique because of the link with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

The opportunity to study both at the University of East London and the Tavistock allows you to experience university culture and a working clinic. As part of the course you will participate in a week-long Group Relations Conference as well as weekly work discussion groups. Because the course attracts students from different cultural backgrounds and a range of disciplines - including psychology, law, sociology, criminology, business studies and even science - the knowledge our students bring enriches the course experience as much as the teaching. The course is validated by the HCPC and endorsed by the College for Social Work.

It offer a wide range of teaching styles, from lectures to seminars, tutorials to workshops. The child observation and practice placement in Year 1 is supported by a small group reflective seminar. This work discussion continues throughout Year 2 and is an approach to learning from experience that is unique to this course. The theoretical and practical learning are not separate but intertwined. The emphasis is on building a framework of skills and knowledge – communication skills, ethics and values, social policy – within which you can develop your practice.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Social Work Law - Core
Professional Practice Placement 1 - Core
Human Growth and Development - Core
Dissertation - Core
Professional Practice Placement 2 - Core
Professional development - Core
Fundamentals of Social Work - 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 2.1 honours degree in any discipline. Those with 2:2 (Hons) degree classification and a post graduate qualification or extensive relevant experience may also be considered. Students will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more