Advanced Practice MSc

Course Introduction

The course

Built upon long-standing partnerships with employment 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.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching and assessment on this course is by a variety of methods (depending on modules chosen) including:

* Direct observation

* Recording

* Critical evaluation

* Presentation

* Written assignments

* Portfolios of practice evidence

* Dissertation

Your future career

For experienced professionals, postgraduate study will assist you in thinking critically and more deeply about your work, its setting and the role that you take within it.

This programme will give you knowledge and skills that are transferable to a wide variety of employment opportunities in advanced practice, leadership and management in social care and health services. This provides a boost to your career and leadership potential as well as a firm foundation for further postgraduate study and research,

The Department of Social Work runs a Doctorate in Professional Studies (Health and Social Care Practice) in collaboration with St George's and Kingston University, which students who wish to pursue further study are encouraged to participate in. In addition, The Department offers a more traditional PhD option for further study.

Start Date

The study period is between 3-5 years..

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time
MSc £3,950 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £3,950 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £8,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 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. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered such as 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 of health setting. Students with a DipHE (e.g. DipSW) and at least two years practice experience are able to apply.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have 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. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered such as 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 of health setting. Students with a DipHE (e.g. DipSW) and at least two years practice experience are able to apply. Students need to have: IELTS: 7.0 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5; TOEFL iBT: 97 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 17.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 97