Brunel University London

Course Introduction

This programme aims to provide high quality post graduate social work education and training to equip students with a beginning capability to work in any agency employing social workers in the United Kingdom. It also confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a social worker upon successful completion of the prescribed programme of study. Although the statutory sector is the major employer, increasingly social workers are being recruited into the voluntary and private sectors, whether as commissioners or providers of services and whether in field, residential or day services. The programme seeks to encourage the personal responsibility of students to function as independent learners and to develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the role of social work in society.

Course Modules

Modules include: the foundations of social work practice; social work theories and perspectives; life'span behaviour and development; legal frameworks for social justice; social policy and sociology; professional skills development 1; practice learning 1; approaches to research; assessment and the management of risk and complexity; effective practice with domestic violence, mental health and substance misuse; what works in social work; professional skills development 2; practice learning 2; dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

Applicants are normally required to have a 1st Class or 2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. All applicants with at least a 2.2 Honours degree in a related subject (e.g. education; sociology; social policy; politics; psychology; law; health and/or social care) will be considered. Applicants must demonstrate how their previous experience in paid employment or structured voluntary work with a relevant organisation has prepared them for a career in social work. While there is no formal requirement for a set amount of time spent getting work experience we normally expect at least 1 year's full'time (or part'time equivalent) experience. Applicants need to demonstrate what they have learnt from their own life/educational/work/voluntary experiences as appropriate to their life stage and how these have prepared them for a career in social work. Each application will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants must hold a GCSE Grade C in English and mathematics or an acceptable equivalent at application stage and must possess basic IT skills prior to the start of the programme. An ability to communicate accurately and clearly in spoken and written English and the ability to think critically and analytically. Applicants will need to provide 2 references: an academic reference from 1st degree and a character reference from someone who can testify to their suitability for a career in social work. All applicants must demonstrate: appropriate personal qualities and life experiences; ability to reflect on and positively learn from significant events in their life; recent undertaking of pre'course preparatory work either by making use of training opportunities within their work or by undertaking relevant study; the ability to express themselves orally and in writing and the ability to think critically and analytically; and an understanding of the role of research in informing social work practice. This is a highly selective course and only the strongest applicants will be invited for interview. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (with a minimum 6.5 in each component).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,300  Academic year. First year home fees