Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Built upon long'standing partneraships with employer agencies and service user groups, the MSc in Advanced Practice offers post'qualifying education to individuals working in social care or health services. The course provides professionally and academically rigorous postgraduate Social Work training that enables you to critically evaluate theory and utilise research findings in relation to advanced practice and leadership.

We recognise the time pressures that affect social workers and allied professions so this course is delivered via a part'time, modular format, offering flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to continue to work while learning. You are able to exit at different stages throughout of the course, tailoring the qualification to your own professional need and commitments, gaining a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Advanced Practice.

There are four optional pathways through the course, allowing you to specialise in an area of your own experience or interests:

+ Children & Families

+ Adults

+ Leadership & Management

+ Professional Education

Royal Holloway is the largest provider of Continuing Professional Development in Social Work in South East England. Academics in the Department of Social Work undertake commissioned work in a wide variety of areas, underpinning our taught courses with the latest research. We are dedicated to supporting learners to become research'literate practitioners and policy/practice literate researchers – breaking down the barriers between research and practice.

Course Modules

Most of the teaching takes place at Royal Holloway's central London venue, 11 Bedford Square.

Most modules on the MSc in Advanced Practice, can be taken as stand'alone modules (with academic assessment) or for CPD purposes only (no assignment or academic credits but certificates of attendance will be issued).

It is also possible to ‘exit’ the MSc programme with a Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits), Post Graduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MSc (180 credits) in Advanced Practice.

At Post Graduate Diploma & MSc level candidates exit with a specialist pathway: Children & Families; Adults; Professional Education or Leadership & Management.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time
MSc £500 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Social work or other professional qualification in a relevant discipline at degree or masters level. Students must be currently involved in practice or management work in a social care or health setting. Students with a DipHE (e.g. DipSW) and at least two years practice experience are also able to apply.
  • English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 overall with no subscore below 5.5
  • A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:
  • - Advanced knowledge of the social work role or that of a related social care or health profession
  • - Excellent interpersonal skills
  • - A commitment to anti-oppressive practice
  • - The capacity for critical analysis, reflection and reflexivity
  • - Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • - Ability to work independently and meet deadlines