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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This course offers you both a Masters degree and a professional qualification. Our course lasts two years and will equip you with the skills and knowledge you'll need for effective professional practice as a social worker. It is suitable for graduates from a wide range of disciplines who are committed to a career helping people. You will focus on professional practice and take part in two placements in different areas of social work. After completing this Masters degree you can apply to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council. You will also gain skills and specialist knowledge that would be suitable for a wide range of careers. Postgraduate social workers from York are in high demand and you will be well placed in terms of employment prospects. This course is practice-based and makes an ideal start for a career as a registered social worker. You can go on to roles with local authorities or other organisations such as charities and housing associations.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module builds on the Readiness for Practice module in the Autumn and early-Spring terms of Year 1, with the aim of extending students ability to: reflect upon, analyse and theorise their practice; enhance their skills in assessment and intervention; deepen their understanding of service-user groups and social issues relevant to social work practice; develop a critical understanding of organisations related to social work; understand the theory and practice of inter-professional working; explore the nature and role of ICT in contemporary social work practice.

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

Applicants should have: Grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics and English or an equivalent qualification; should have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent; should have the equivalent of one year's full-time experience working in social care, health care or related voluntary work; Working in a caring role in a personal capacity may also be accepted as relevant experience.