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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Develop yourself with a qualification that allows you to apply to register as a social worker.

Discover a career where you can make a real difference to the quality of people's lives.

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'll focus on professional practice and take part in two placements in different areas of social work.

You will also gain skills and specialist knowledge that would be suitable for a wide range of careers.


After completing this Masters degree you can apply to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council.

As a social work student you will be expected to adhere to the standards set out in the HCPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

Course content

The course will introduce you to core areas of social work before you choose a specialist option module exploring an area of social work that's particularly important to you.

You'll focus on the practice of social work and undertake two placements in different types of practice. The placements allow you to experience contemporary social work with the guidance of a qualified social worker. You will spend 170 days on placement, and complete 30 skills days which are integrated into modules throughout the course.

Careers and skills

Postgraduate social workers from York are in high demand and you will be well placed in terms of employment prospects.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module will offer you a general understanding of social work practice, and the role of the social worker. It provides opportunities for professional development, so that you will be ready for direct practice. By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate theoretical understanding of the practice basis of social work and the associated tensions, primarily: competing rights and values; ethical problems. You will learn vital communication skills, shadow a social worker in practice and the Professional Development Groups will provide a thinking space for you to reflect on your personal and professional development.

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

2:1 or equivalent. Additional requirements: Grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics and English or an equivalent qualification. You 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.