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Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP-22

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Whether you're already working in the field, or a graduate who wants to make a difference in social work, our MSc Social Work degree course can help you improve your skills – and enhance your career prospects too.

On this course, you'll become a confident practitioner in the changing arena of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship-focused work and protection, you'll learn to work across the social work spectrum, with some of the most vulnerable people in society.

We'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice. Once you graduate, you'll have the skills and techniques you need for a career in social work, whether in local authorities, healthcare settings, voluntary organisations or as a practice teacher.

Approved by:

This Master's course is a professional qualification for social work approved by Social Work England. Once you've graduated, you will be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England, which means you can work as a professional Social Worker in statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by expert staff and researchers who are active in the social work field
  • Learn through simulation, group work and skills workshops
  • Study the theory and practice of social work, empowering service users and promoting inclusion, and legal and policy frameworks
  • Understand how to work with children and families, mental health patients, people with disabilities and vulnerable adults
  • Work closely with the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG), to help you understand service user experiences
  • Practise your profession-specific skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, a safe and supportive environment which uses innovative technologies to simulate real-life scenarios
  • Put your learning into action on practice placements

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate from the MSc Social Work degree course, you'll have the knowledge and practical skills to work in any branch of social work.

What jobs can you do with a Social Work degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • social worker
  • practice teacher
  • care manager
  • persistent offender coordinator
  • family support worker
  • housing adviser
  • homelessness/substance abuse charities
  • PhD study

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Modules

Social Work Theory, Methods and Skills - Core
Social Work Skills Days Year 1 - Core
Legal and Policy Frameworks For Social Work - Core
Inclusion and Co-production - Core
Social Work Placement 1 - Core
Core Skills Training Framework - Core
Occupational Health Year 1 - Core
Dissertation - Core
Contextualising Social Work Practice - Core
Social Work Skills Days Year 2 - Core
Social Work Placement 2 - Core
Occupational Health Year 2 - Core
Evaluating Research for Social Work - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£10,700

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£15,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or a degree in an associated discipline. Applicants with a lower classification (second class) will be considered on an individual basis, considering relevant experience and academic achievement. Applicants must also have relevant work experience, more than 3 months in voluntary or paid employment in a health, education or social care environment. All shortlisted applicants are subject to a holistic and multidimensional assessment process which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards, and includes an application, group discussion, individual presentation and an interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

University information

Over 4,000 postgraduate students call the University of Portsmouth campus home. An ideal choice for postgraduate students, the university has superb research credentials, excelling in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, with world-leading research groups conducting impactful work into some of the most significant challenges we face in society today. Portsmouth offers over 200 postgraduate degrees, in a wide variety...more